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NWU Student Life will pedal at 947 Ride Joburg to put food on students’ plates

The NWU Student Life team will consist of 16 riders who will pedal 97 kilometres to raise and generate funds for the NWU Meal-A-Day campaign.

Sunday, 19 November will be a special day for a group of NWU employees and stakeholders who are taking on the 947 Ride Joburg cycle race for an important cause.

The NWU Student Life team will consist of 16 riders who will pedal 97 kilometres to raise and generate funds for the NWU Meal-A-Day campaign.

The NWU Meal-A-Day campaign has the main aim of providing daily meals to students in order to ensure that no student goes to sleep hungry.

The public can contribute to the cause by sponsoring cyclists individually. The public can pledge any amount per kilometre.

The 16 riders who will participate as part of the NWU Student Life group includes, dr Corrie Rheeder (Potchefstroom Campus Director: Student Life), Sheldon Rostron (NWU Sport director), dr. Bertus le Roux, Reece Hammill, Juanri Potgieter, Prof. Melvin Diedericks, Danielle Giorgi, Rethabile Dube, Lerato Mdaka, Philip Malan, Nelson Komane-Nel, Myrone Stoffels, Ashton Diedericks, Duanne Aslett, Herman Steyn and Janco Visser.

This initiative from NWU Student Life has the aim of not only helping students in need, but also showcasing the ethic of care that the NWU has towards the university community.

Rostron and Hammill have been training together regularly for the past two months and are excited about being able to make a difference, whilst also challenging themselves in one of South Africa’s premier road races, which attract over 20 000 participants.

Reece Hammill and Sheldon Rostron are two of the NWU Student Life riders who will take part in the Ride Joburg 947 Road Race on Sunday, 19 November. Photo: Wouter Pienaar

“The aim will be for this initiative to grow yearly and get more participants together for the cause. I am really looking forward to it. My aim is to finish under four hours,” stated Hammill, a sport analyst at NWU, who will participate in his first 947 Ride Joburg race.

According to Rostron, the NWU team will most likely split up into various groups of 3 or 4 during the race, with each group clocking up kilometres at their own desired pace.

“The race will be a lot of fun and will also serve up challenges with a couple of uphill sections,” he stated.

He also reiterated the importance of helping the NWU community with this charitable initiative.

“Firstly, the Meal-A-Day campaign is a very important initiative in ensuring that as a university we providing for students. Secondly, another aspect of this 947 Ride Joburg initiative is to get staff active and encourage a healthy lifestyle, which has a positive knock-on effect,” said Rostron.

“The more we can grow our participant numbers in future, the more we can create a meaningful contribution towards various charities during this race,” added Rostron.

The public can scan this QR-code to donate to this cause:

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