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Grandads Army Memorial Ride 2019

A Trans-Karoo relay cycle from East London to Gordon’s Bay over 5 days,

starting on 3 March 2018.

In memory of Rob Burton, Arthur Salzwedel and other cyclists who passed away, Grandads Army will take on the 5-day Trans-Karoo ride to Cape Town.

Since 2015  this Trans-Karoo Cycle has been a yearly event and Grandads Army have raised just over one million ZAR for the Eyabantwana, For the Children Trust sofar. 

The money raised in the previous years has been used by the Trust to improve all aspects of the care of children who have been burnt, by purchasing specialized equipment to treat the burns and upgrading the burns ward at Frere Hospital to make it more child friendly.  Other specialized instruments were bought to manage children with other surgical problems.

This year they will embark on another ride to Cape Town, leaving East London on Sunday 3 March, will arrive in Gordon’s Bay on Thursday 7 March and after a few days rest, will cycle the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday 10 March.

32 intrepid cyclists will take part in the ride and they each pay their own costs of the trip.

Grandads Army aims to raise R 300 000 this year, so they can continue supporting the children of the Eastern Cape who need surgical care through the Eyabantwana, For the Children Trust.

The cyclists and support team.

The main donor, Caltex Eastern Cape Marketer with the mascots of each team.

2019 route

The 2019 Itinerary is:

3 March: East London to Cradock

4 March: Cradock to Willowmore

5 March: Willowmore to Swellendam

6 March: Swellendam to Gansbaai (via Agulhas)

7 March: Gansbaai to Gordon’s Bay

10 March: Cape Town Cycle Tour

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Donations acknowledgment.

Thank you to the following for their donations to the Grandads Army Memorial Ride 2019: The Eyabantwana Trust wants to acknowledge that all cyclists and members of the support team are paying their own way. Cyclists: Richard Bind, Colin Lazarus, Rodney Offord, Gerald Berlyn, Wally Bradford, Steve Haynes, Andrew Langtree, Alison Langtree, Sean Rice, Sandy …

Grandads Army Triumph for Eastern Cape: an account of the ride.

On Sunday, 3rd March 2019, 35 cyclists saddled up, ready to tackle a 1160km journey from East London to Gordon’s Bay in aid of East London’s, Eyabantwana Trust. The non profit organisation aids the Eastern Cape Paediatric Surgical Services of the Frere and Cecilia Makiwane Hospitals specifically supplying surgical equipment and maintenance to the Paediatric …

Impressions from the ride.

  Day 1 and Day 2: East London – Cradock – Willowmore Day 3: Willowmore to Swellendam.