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The second Rob Burton Memorial Ride.

 A Trans-Karoo relay cycle from East London to Stellenbosch over 4 days,

starting on 6 December 2016

Rob Burton and Arthur Salzwedel

Rob Burton and Arthur Salzwedel

In November 2015, Grandads Army, a group of social cyclists completed the first Rob Burton Memorial Ride, and in so doing raised R240000 for the Eyabantwana Trust.  This was used to purchase specialised surgical equipment for the skin grafting of burnt children in East London.

The handover of the equipment to the paediatric surgeon working at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, Dr Mie Elsen and the theatre nursing staff took place on Wednesday 13th July this year.

This year, Grandads Army will once more undertake this epic trans-Karoo ride in honour of Rob Burton and a second member of our team, Arthur Salzwedel, who died tragically this year after an accident on early morning cycle ride.

The ride starts on Tuesday 6th and will reach Stellenbosch on Friday 9th.

Fifteen to eighteen cyclists, who will pay their own way, will do this year’s ride.

Funds raised for the Eyabantwana Trust by this year’s ride will be earmarked specifically to enhance the Dressing Room care of burnt children in the Frere Hospital Burns Unit.

It is in the Dressing Room that children have their dressings removed to allow the burns to be cleaned and redressed, something which is a painful and harrowing experience.

Our intention is to improve the facilities in the Dressing Room to allow for the provision of the care in as kind and pain free yet effective manner possible.

More information about the work of the Eyabantwana Trust and the Rob Burton Memorial Ride can be found on the Trust’s website and the Rob Burton Memorial Ride Facebook page.

At this stage we want to thank the following sponsors for their contributions to making the ride possible:

  • Caltex Eastern Cape Marketer

  • Minuteman Press

  • Coca Cola – Powerade

  • Beacon Bay Motors

  • Connock Motors

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Children with burns in East London and surroundings.

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Meet 2016 Grandads Army.

Grandads Army has recruited more cyclists for the 2016 ride.

The 2016 route.

Grandads army is doing a 1160 km relay cycle from East London to Stellenbosch over 4 days, starting on Tuesday 6 December 2015 and arriving in Stellenbosch on Friday 9 December.

Donations Acknowledgment.

Thank you to the following for their donations to the Rob Burton Memorial Ride 2016:

Day 1 of the Second Rob Burton Memorial Ride – 6 Dec 2016.

The Route: East London to Middelburg, via Queenstown and Steynsburg. Highlights of the day: Everybody arrived at Beacon Bay Motors at 4.30 am. Goods were packed and reorganized, bike trailers and racks checked until everything was in order.  At 5.15 Dr Lazarus made a small speech, explaining what the Rob Burton Memorial Ride is all …

Day 2 of the Second Rob Burton Memorial Ride – 7 Dec 2016

The Route: Middelburg to Willowmore, via Graaff-Reinet and Aberdeen Highlights of the day: After a lovely braai, prepared by our catering team, everybody had a restful night. The day started early with some confusion about missing lunch packs and at the starting spot, the Bombardier, Sean Rice was missing. His roommate thought he had gone …

Day 3 of the Second Rob Burton Memorial Ride – 8 Dec 2016

The Route: Willowmore to Barrydale, via De Rust, Oudtshoorn and the Huisrivier Pass. Highlights of the day: The day started again with an early start, almost without incident, but then the Airforce forgot to take a turn-off to get to the start of their first leg, so started later than planned. The cycle to De …

Day 4 of the Second Rob Burton Memorial Ride – 9 Dec 2016

The route: Barrydale to Stellenbosch, via Montagu, Robertson and Franschhoek. Highlights of the day: The day started off fine and sunny, but once we exited the Cogmans Kloof, west of Montagu, it started drizzling and a bit later the rain came.  East of Worcester, we turned south towards Franschhoek and did the Franschhoek Pass in …

Last day of the Second Rob Burton Memorial Ride – 11 Dec 2016

The Winelands, Wheat fields and Ocean tour Saturday was a rest day and 3 of the cyclists did the Jailbreak Triathlon (1,3km Swim 42km Road bike 9km Trail run), several did the 5km parkrun, some went hiking and some went rock climbing. Sunday the 11th December, Grandads Army started the Winelands, Wheat fields and Ocean …

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