Learners from Aitsa MTB Initiative set to take on Fedhealth MTB Challenge

Seen here (front to back):  Ilse Fortuin and Indiphile Makhanandana in action during the 2017 Fedhealth Kids MTB Events at Boschendal Farm Estate. 

Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

The learners from the Aitsa After Care Centre are eagerly counting down the days to the 4th annual Fedhealth Kids MTB Events that will take place at Boschendal Farm Estate (The Retreat) on Saturday, 15 September 2018 as part of the 2018 Fedhealth MTB Challenge.

The Aitsa After Care Centre opened its doors in 2014 with the dream and vision of improving the quality of the lives of school children living in the Dwarsrivier Valley and the Kylemore area by providing them with a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment in the afternoons after school.

“Boschendal Farm Estate proudly supports the Aitsa After Care Centre,” says Bianca Grobbelaar, Marketing Manager:  Boschendal Farm Estate.  “A number of our farm workers’ children belong to the centre.  Since the Centre’s inception we’ve been supplying fresh produce from our Werf Food Garden.  The relationship has gone from strength to strength.  I am also involved with Aitsa on a personal level as I teach the children cycling skills on a pump track every Friday afternoon.”

“In 2017 we, Boschendal Farm Estate together with Stillwater Sports, offered the Aitsa After Care Centre’s MTB Initiative fifteen complimentary entries into the Fedhealth Kids MTB Events,” continues Grobbelaar.  “This year we will do the same.  I will be there to offer support on the Saturday, while on Sunday I will also saddle my steel horse to take on the race.  You cannot miss out on these trails.  The routes consist of well-maintained single track, mountain side jeep track and farm roads that will literally take your breath away.”

According to Marietjie Steyn, Aitsa After Care Centre Founder and Director, the Centre currently looks after 180 children between the ages 5 to 10.  “Our intake is 35 Grade R children every year and every year we extend to a senior Grade.  By 2019 we would have grown to 215 children from Grade R to Grade 5.  The 2017 Fedhealth Kids MTB Events was our children’s first real MTB event.  It had a great impact on our MTB Initiative.  Not only did they walk away with arms full of goodies, but they also made their families really proud and had a lot of fun.  School attendance and after care attendance has increased because full attendance is required in order to be part of the MTB Club.”

“We are thankful to Boschendal Farm Estate for their unwavering support,” continues Steyn.  “Not only does the Farm Estate provide us with fresh vegetables (free of charge) for our lunch program, they’ve also granted us the use of the Olive Press venue (free of charge) for the second year in a row.  This means that we can host our annual Pledge Fundraising Function at a beautiful venue without having to raise ticket prices.   Bianca has also been instrumental in establishing and maintaining the Aitsa MTB Initiative.  Words cannot explain how thankful we are for the support.  Our children are extremely excited to take on the Fedhealth Kids MTB Events in September.”

For further information or to support the Aitsa After Care Centre visit www.aitsa.org or email info@aitsa.org

EVENT INFORMATION:

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Celebrating its 4th anniversary, the Fedhealth Kids MTB Events cater for ages 0 – 13.  Junior MTB Enthusiasts have three events to choose from:  a 500m (0-5 years), 1.5km (6-9 years) and a 5km race (10 – 13 years).

Event & Time: Fedhealth Kids MTB Events:  not timed

·         500m / 0 – 5 years of age / 10:30

·         1.5km / 6 – 9 years of age / 11:00

·         5km / 10 – 13 years of age / 11:30

Entry Fee: R100

Sunday, 16 September 2018

The action continues on Sunday when the more senior mountain bikers can choose between a +-15km, +- 28km or +-60km route.

Time: 08:00
Event: +- 60km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Full Marathon)
Entry Fee: R350 per rider (excludes CSA License)
 
Time: 08:30
Event: +- 28km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Half Marathon)
Entry Fee: R250 per rider (excludes CSA License)
 
Time: 09:00
Event: +- 15km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Fun Race)
Entry Fee: R150 per rider

REMEMBER: Fedhealth members can enter free of charge – simply by typing in their membership number when entering online!

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For more information or to enter the Fedhealth MTB Challenge, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com

ENDS

Issued by:                       NEWSPORT MEDIA

On behalf of:                  FEDHEALTH and STILLWATER SPORTS

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