We made a donation to The Children’s Hospital Trust by sponsoring one of our consultants, Bart Jongsma, for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2019. Read about his race below.
This year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour was one of the harder cycles that our Bart Jongsma has done to date. The South Easter wind was intense all the way to Smitswinkel, and it only got better by the time Bart got to Chapman’s Peak (which is typically a difficult section).
Despite the extreme weather, Bart had a great race and enjoyed the atmosphere.
“It’s the only time of the year where you can cycle the beautiful peninsula route without cars around,” says Bart, who rides his mountain bikes twice a week. “From Muizenberg onwards, you are almost always along the sea, and the views are just amazing.”
His favourite part of the tour was from Muizenberg onwards, since this part of the route takes place along the shoreline and has amazing seaviews.
However, the tour was not just for fun. Bart was cycling to make a donation towards The Children’s Hospital Trust, via Nexus. “I know that the Children’s Trust does a great job for children that are very sick or abused,” says Bart.
The Children’s Hospital Trust is an organisation that raises funds for projects that help advance child healthcare. This is done through the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
The donations which they rely on goes towards funding these projects and programmes, which aim to transform lives.
We feel honoured to have contributed to this incredible trust. Support them here.
Read about last year’s tour here.
Each year we gift the children of the Emasitandane Children’s Home with Easter Eggs and other seasonal treats, so we can bring some happiness and excitement into their lives over the Easter weekend. This year we decided to also include Hannah’s Place of Safety, who is a new member of the Nexus family, and a charity we’re very proud to support.
The children were eager to help unpack the car filled to the brim with treats, and it was wonderful to watch the smiles on their faces as they received their Easter goodies. At the same time, we dropped off a monthly grocery delivery to Emasitandane, providing much needed dry and fresh food products to help with their meal planning and preparation.
We look forward to working with them further this year, to provide support and help them keep up the incredible work they are doing in the community.
11th March 2018 and it is a perfect morning in Cape Town. 33,000 cycling enthusiasts from across South Africa and the rest of the world were gathered to take part in the worlds largest timed cycle race the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2018. We proudly cycled this year under one of our favorite charities the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
The organisation of the event and the spectacular logistics of it all was truly fantastic. With little to no wind to speak of and the cool conditions at the start gave the team the confidence that it was going to be a great riding day indeed. Kicking off with a short small climb from the grand parade in Cape Town up past Woodstock got the legs warmed up and ready for the first big climb of the day at Wynberg hill.
Although the team split up into groups based on the varied fitness levels and cycling ability the camaraderie at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital hospitality area at the finish was at an all time high with various stories of too dig deep in certain areas and dealing with cramps. Some of us much more than others to be fair.
Thank you to the team at Red Cross for giving us the opportunity to support the foundation and for affording us the privilege of riding for your cause.
Hannah’s place of Safety is an organisation that we are proud to support in any way we can. The tireless effort that the team put in together with the Department of Social Development to create a place of safety for children for a 3 to 4 month period is very close to our hearts. Finding suitable foster homes for these vulnerable children is their primary concern and we are amazed at how the restore these children whilst in their care preparing them for their forever homes.
2018 and its BACK TO SCHOOL time. Every parent knows that getting their children ready and equipped with the necessary stationery is an expensive and frustrating task. We wanted to assist so we donated school bags with stationery and school shoes to the 48 children of the Emasithandane Children’s Organisation in Nyanga. There was a lot of excitement in the air as they received their bags with their names clearly marked on them. We asked them all who was excited for school tomorrow and there was dead silence. No surprise there 😊. It was our privilege to be able to make the coming 2018 school year that little bit easier for the children from Emasi.
We are passionate about our responsibility to give back to the communities in which we operate. On an annual basis we support various organisations and take part in donation initiatives to give back. In 2017 we supported the Emasithandane Children’s Organisation situated in Nyanga where their sole purpose is to home and support vulnerable children. We decided to surprise these amazing young children with some Christmas packs, giving them some of the experiences we all take for granted. The children aged between 1 and 18 years were very excited when we delivered the party packs filled with sweets, cool-drinks and surprises for Christmas.