Sappi Scottburgh MTB & Trail Running
Weekend Media Service
19 July 2018
Written by: Nick Tatham
Cycling for Mobility still at the heart of Scottburgh MTB
Scottburgh – With the 2018 Sappi Scottburgh MTB and Trail Running
Weekend set to celebrate its tenth anniversary this weekend, the Cycling
for Mobility fundraising efforts that have formed a crucial part of the
event and will again be central to the 2018 event.
Starting back in 2012, Cycling for Mobility (C4M) has gone a long way in
changing lives of disabled people all over the country that cannot
afford wheelchairs. In six years the fundraiser has managed to deliver
over 250 wheelchairs across the country.
"A get together was suggested by Michelle van der Westhuizen where five
of us were present - Dr Beth McLeod, Michelle, Jo Mackenzie, Jacqui
Scarpa and myself,” event organiser Flavio Scarpa said.
"We discussed riding the 2012 joberg2c and riding for a cause. In our
first year we donated 40 wheel chairs, 20 during the 2012 Joberg2c ride
and a further 20 on a road trip along the joberg2c route a few weeks
after the event.”
The joBerg2c race takes riders from Heidelberg in Gauteng through the
Free State and down the escarpment into KwaZulu-Natal and finishes at
Scottburgh. Over the nine days of the race Scarpa noticed the need for
mobility equipment and maintenance.
"We had realised the state of the wheelchairs on many of our rides and
also we heard that state hospitals were sending patients home and they
had to pay for wheelchairs.
"We were also aware of a gentleman on the coast that was repairing
wheelchairs and donating them to recipients. He could not cope so we
decided on wheelchairs and since we started we have been approached by
organisations looking for wheelchairs,” Scarpa explained.
Every year both the Scottburgh MTB race and sponsors Sappi get involved
and support the initiative started on the South Coast. The race and
Sappi’s contributions are invaluable and help Scarpa and his wife Jacqui
and Dr McLeod to continue their good work.
"The Sappi Scottburgh MTB race is by far our biggest fund raiser. We are
also currently in the process of designing a new C4M cycling kit for the
team and are selling a space on our kit to sponsors.
"When we get this kit there will be at least twenty riders out there
with our kit promoting the cause.
"Since 2012 when we started C4M and with all the years that Sappi has
been involved in the race I would say at least fifty of the wheel chairs
are a directly associated to Sappi’s contribution,” an appreciative
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At the wheelchair handover at
Ethembeni School in 2014 are (back from left) Flavio Scarpa, Cynthia
Zuma, Dr. Beth Mcleod, Jacqui Scarpa, Prem Mathgopaul & Margaux
d'Hangest d'Yvoy. Learners who received the specialist wheelchairs are
(from left) Bongani Mkhize, Siphilanaye Nguse, Kwensokuhle Ntuli and
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