Gutsy Winston Park couple make a bold CHOC statement at Amashova
Durban - Winston Park couple Michelle and Oliver Sinclair were amongst the
thousands who rode the recent Tsogo Sun Amashova cycle race, but they made a
bold statement in the black and white cycling gear of The Cows as championed
the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation that has become very close to their
Oliver, or Ollie as he is known to those close to him, is a Multiple
Sclerosis sufferer and rode in a specially modified hand cycle, with his
wife Michelle on hand to help during the 35km race to Durban.
“Ollie has basically the left hand side of his body to use and his balance
is not good, so he has ridden the Amashova in his hand cycle three times
now. But this was the first time that we have done it for The Cows,” said
“While he was getting treatment in hospital Ollie was in the paediatric ward
and saw first-hand what children go through when getting cancer treatment,”
“To experience what a difference it makes to let kids have their families
with them while they are getting cancer treatment really struck home, so we
were proud to ride the Amashova for CHOC. It feels fantastic to be part of
something that really makes a difference,” she said.
The hand cycle played into Ollie hands on the steep descents, but took a lot
of extra effort to get up the hills, where Michelle used the bar on the back
of the hand cycle to help push him to the summit of each hill.
“When you are cycling, the downhills are usually the time to rest, but not
with Ollie,” said Michelle. “We were doing over 80km/h going down Fields
Hills and I was pedalling like mad to try and keep up with him!”
The ride turned into a much tougher outing than they were expecting after a
mishap close to the finish.
“We were actually doing really well and got to Tollgate in less than an
hour, but then Ollie got a flat tyre, and with the very unusual tyres on his
hand cycle, we couldn’t repair it.
“We agreed that we weren’t going to give up, having come this far, so he
rode on the flat tyre all the way to the finish,” said Michelle.
She said that the support from fellow riders and spectators had kept them
“Wherever you go in The Cows kit, you get a special reaction. It is amazing
and very humbling to be able to go out and raise awareness for CHOC at an
event like the Amashova.
The Sinclair family have become stand-out supporters of The Cows. Their son
Tyler got a special award from the Winston Park Primary School for raising
R11 000 for CHOC through a passionate fundraiser that started with pooling
all his pocket money.
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About The Cows
The Cows were started in 2008 by a group of eight enthusiastic cyclists
keen to make a difference and raise funds for CHOC. Cordi van Niekerk was
one of the founder members and joined Kerrin and Grant Bain in cycling the
94.7 Cycle Challenge in memory of their little daughter, Jessica, who had
recently died from cancer at just 20 months old.
As CHOC had played a
significant role in the Bain family's life in the last few weeks of
Jessica’s life, specifically with palliative care and emotional support, the
decision was to make CHOC the beneficiary of their quest. They decided to
don cow suits and succeeded in raising R230 000.
In 2009, the herd gained momentum and grew to an incredible 140 energetic
cows. Just two years later the herd numbered a staggering 350 cows all
riding for a purpose. Armed with the ‘Love Living Life’ slogan and a healthy
dose of enthusiasm, the herd has enjoyed much success and acclaim.
Ten later, hundreds of people have participated in events wearing
cow suits. The Cows have just broken through the R29 million mark of funds
raised for specific projects implemented by CHOC and The Cows brand is
prominent in many sporting events in South Africa. With these funds, CHOC is
able to make a difference to the children being treated for cancer
throughout South Africa.
One herd; one quest: to make a difference to children with cancer. Love
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Michelle and Ollie Sinclair ride
the 35km race at the Tsogo Sun Amshova to raise awareness for the work done
by CHOC for children battling cancer.
Downhills were no problem for
Ollie Sinclair at the recent Amashova, as he got up to 80km/h on his hand
cycle. "I had to peddle like mad to keep up," said his wife Michelle.
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