Sappi Scottburgh MTB & Trail Running Weekend Media Service

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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 Scarpa commented.

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Check out the Cycling4Mobility Facebook page here.

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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 Andile Nyide.

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