Today Johan Botha, Chevrolet Warrior and Protea spin bowler, handed over funds which he raised at his recent Cycle for Charity challenge to three non profit organisations.
Botha generated just over R90 000 after having cycled for 24 hours around St Georges Park cricket grounds in Port Elizabeth in late July. The beneficiaries include – All Hands on Dec Friends, a charity that works to support childhood cancer; the Red Cross Society, a non profit organisation that focuses on healthcare, disaster management and humanitarian values and the Community Chest in Port Elizabeth.
At a media briefing today, Johan said he was looking forward to take on the challenge again next year so that more needy organisations could benefit from the funds. “The support I received this year was awesome and inspires me to do it gain next year,” he said.
Collette Keevy, public relations officer at Community Chest in Port Elizabeth, said that the organisation has 80 beneficiaries that it supports; hence the donation makes a difference in many people’s lives. “We appreciate the effort Johan puts into reaching out to his fellow human beings,” Keevy said.
Coralie Peo-Swartz from the Red Cross shared Keevy’s sentiments. She said the funds Red Cross received would be used towards youth development projects in the community.
Similarly, Wendy Baird from All Hands on Dec Friends praised Johan for giving of himself in order to ease the plight of the less privileged. Since this organisation supports childhood cancer, she said among others, money will be donated to a needy family in Port Elizabeth whose child is in dire need of medical care in Cape Town.
The lucky draw for those who donated a R1 000 or more also took place today. Mr Michael Touhy, Volpes sales and marketing director, is the winner of a two nights’ stay for two people at Kariega Game Reserve, an exclusive upmarket lodge near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape.