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The First Rob Burton Memorial Ride: What is it all about?

 A Trans-Karoo relay cycle from East London to Stellenbosch over 4 days, starting on 24 November 2015.

Rob Burton

Rob Burton

In memory of Rob Burton, a former member of the Army who was tragically killed while cycling, Grandads Army, a group of friends and social cyclists plan a 1200km relay cycle from East London to Stellenbosch over 4 days, starting on 24 November to raise funds to be used by the Trust for improving all aspects of the care of children who have been burned. After a day’s rest, the Army will together ride the 95km Stellenbosch Cycle tour.  A safe course through the Karoo has been chosen for the ride.

The focus of the Memorial Ride is twofold:

Firstly, to provide funding for urgently needed dermatomes and other specialized equipment to assist with the skin grafting of children with burns. R 600 000 is needed for this.

Secondly, to begin the process of providing funding for the development of a ten bedded dedicated childrens burns unit at the Frere Hospital at an estimated cost of R 7 000 000.

An additional objective of this ride is to create awareness around road safety for cyclists and pedestrians.  As we head towards the Christmas season, there will be more cyclists and pedestrians on the roads, with a higher risk of being injured.

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

  •  Caltex Eastern Cape Marketer

  • Minuteman Press

  • Bike Doctors

  • Coca Cola

  • Beacon Bay Motors

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How to donate

  The Trust is registered for tax and BBBEE purposes. The Eyabantwana – For the Children Trust is a Not for Profit Trust with NPO number: 101-741 NPO The Eyabantwana – For the Children Trust has a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Status with BBBEE certificate number D21/22009/01/REV.1 There are 3 ways to donate for this …

Children with burns in East London

Unfortunately, children who become victims of severe burns are commonly seen at our hospitals. The time to recovery is often prolonged and is a testing time for the child and the caregiver. Admission may last anything from a few days to weeks and months. While we strive to manage these children in the best possible …

Meet Grandads Army

They are a group of social cyclists, friends of the late Rob Burton.

The Route

Grandads army is doing a 1160 km relay cycle from East London to Stellenbosch over 4 days, starting on Tuesday 24 November 2015 and arriving in Stellenbosch on Friday 27 November.

Donations Acknowledgment.

Tuesday 24 November 2015, Day 1…And we are off!

The tour: East London to Middelburg, via Queenstown and Steynsburg. Highlights of the day: Nice send off from Caltex Beacon Bay at 5 am with an introduction to Rob Burton by Kevin Vincent and a prayer by Arthur Salzwedel. Accompanied by EL cyclists to the Merrifield circle. Then first team continued while other teams were …

Wednesday 25 November, 2015 Day 2!

The Route: Middelburg to Keurfontein (Willowmore) via Graaff-Reinet Highlights of the day: Started at 5.15. Jim was supposed to start, but had to be replaced by Alison, because he lost his helmet and had to buy one in Graaff Reinet. We had a fantastic reception at Caltex College Motors in Graaff Reinet: coffee, cool drinks, …

Thursday 26 November 2015, Day 3!

Route: Keurfontein to Barrydale via Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp and the Huisrivier Pass Highlights of the day: We left Willowmore at 4.30 and we started cycling at 5.15. The initial 100 km to De Rust went well and fast. The weather was fine. From De Rust we travelled by car because the road is narrow and potholed. …

Friday 27 November 2015, Day 4!

Highlights of the day: We left Barrydale at 5am under a clear sky.  First obstacle was the Tradouw Pass, but this was conquered.  For the rest of the trip it was mostly flat, via Ashton, Robertson, Worcester, Wolsely (Tulbagh area), Wellington and to Stellenbosch.  There was a very strong side wind, which made cycling dangerous …

Saturday 28 November 2015, rest day!

Highlights of the day: We slept in and some of us did a run in the morning. AT 11.30 We went into Stellenbosch to register for the Stellenbosch Cycle Tour and to go to the Liberty stand, who donated cycle kits for all riders.

Sunday 29 November 2015, Day 6!

Highlights of the day: Grandads Army rode the Stellenbosch Cycle Tour together as a team.  An early start again at 5.30, to start cycling at 7.11 am.  First Hellshoogte Pass, which was swiftly done and then via the outskirts of Paarl towards Wellington and then back towards Stellenbosch, where we finished after 4H 33min.  The …

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