Achilles Hope & Possibility Hand Cycling Relay Media Release

 No: Ach1901

16 April 2019

Embargo: None

 Written by: Nick Tatham


Achilles Handcycle relay to debut in 2019

Durban – The inaugural 24 hour Achilles Hope & Possibility Handcycle Relay Race which is set to raise funds for the Ethembeni School and Achilles South Africa will makes its debut at the Moses Mabhida Stadium’s People’s Park on Saturday, 25 May 2019.

The event will use the track around the People’s Park as the racing surface for the 22 relay teams taking part in the race. Organiser and perennial philanthropist Gordon Reid explains how Achilles and Ethembeni School are a perfect match.

"The mission of Achilles South Africa is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running and cycling events,” a passionate Reid said.

"The Ethembeni School in Inchanga, KwaZulu-Natal, provides disabled learners with a loving, educational, and helpful environment, through which its learners can flourish.”

There are a number of different reasons for Reid and Achilles getting involved in this initiative but they all serve to better the lives of those children at the Ethembeni School and disabled athletes around the province.

"We want to ease the burden on the educational requirements at Ethembeni School, enabling them to purchase and provide textbooks for their students.

“We also want to support and maintain vitally important equipment for disabled athletes, including handcycles, wheelchairs, and running shoes,” Reid mentioned.

There are a number of other projects that Achilles wants to develop throughout the country to help those disabled athletes become as empowered and successful as they can.

"We will begin the process of constructing a gymnasium at Whirling Wheels Social & Sports Club, enabling disabled athletes to train.

"Similarly, we intend to use this event to further highlight a key need in Durban - an improvement of sports and similar facilities for the disabled members of our larger communities.

"We’d like to encourage an inclusive approach, whereby a disabled child-friendly playground could be constructed at Moses Mabhida Stadium’s People’s Park, and support other initiatives that fall within the realm of supporting disabled children," Reid explained.

The Achilles brand is something that will be unfamiliar with people in South Africa and this handcycling relay will be a way to launch the brand and concept to the public.

The vision of Achilles International is to empower people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement.

Achilles International brings the largest field of athletes with disabilities (AWD) to the New York Marathon and is the recognized authority in shaping AWD divisions in marathons across the United States.

"One of our early goals is to initiate and develop the initial Achilles South Africa provincial clubs. The first two are set to launch in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, during the latter half of 2019.

"Ultimately, we want to Fund and assist disabled athlete/s’ participation in the New York City Marathon during 2019," added Reid.

For more info contact info@achilleshopeandpossibility.org or phone or email Gordon Reid (082 921 2005 | gordon@connectivdigital.co.za)

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The Purpose
Raising highly necessary funds for Ethembeni School and Achilles South Africa, this proposed annual relay race seeks to highlight the issues faced by disabled athletes and communities, particularly in and around KwaZulu-Natal. Competing for the longest distance covered, teams will also be required to raise a minimum of R20 000, in aid of Ethembeni School and Achilles South Africa.

The Cause
Ethembeni School is located in Inchanga, KwaZulu-Natal, and is dedicated to providing disabled learners with a loving, educational, and helpful environment, through which its learners flourish. The mission of Achilles South Africa is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running and cycling events.

The Need
Through the Achilles Hope and Possibility Handcycle Relay Race, we aim to raise enough money to support the following initiatives:
• Educational requirements at Ethembeni School, enabling them to purchase and provide textbooks for their students.
• Initiate and develop the initial Achilles South Africa provincial clubs. The first two are set to launch in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, during the latter half of 2019.
• Support and maintain vitally important equipment for disabled athletes, including handcycles, wheelchairs, and running shoes.
• Fund and assist disabled athlete/s’ participation in the New York City Marathon during 2019.
• Begin the process of constructing a gymnasium at Whirling Wheels Social & Sports Club, enabling disabled athletes to train.
• We similarly intend to use this event to further highlight a key need in Durban - an improvement of sports and similar facilities for the disabled members of our larger communities. We’d like to encourage an inclusive approach, whereby a disabled child-friendly playground could be constructed at Moses Mabhida Stadium’s People’s Park, and support other initiatives that fall within the realm of supporting disabled children.

The Race
Adopting a relay race approach, participants will include able-bodied and disabled athletes, working together in teams, to complete as many laps of the Moses Mabhida Stadium’s People’s Park track as possible, within 24 hours. Timekeeping and race coordination will be conducted by Finish Time, with results fully audited and finalised by Finish Time.

The Achilles Hope and Possibility Handcycle Relay Race will take place over a 24-hour period, with participants selecting their shifts at registration. Initiating the event at 18h00 on 25 May 2019, organisers will ensure that all participants are fully briefed on their activities, the race route, and related health and safety information.

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Organiser of the 2019 Achilles Hope & Possibility Hand Cycling Relay Race Gordan Reid is hoping to grow the event and the Achilles message to include more venues around the country after the inaugural event at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday 25 May. Shiraz Habib/
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