The team braved the grueling 109km route with a smile and by making every pedal push count for animals, raised over R175 000.00 to keep our Inspectors on the roads.
“We can’t thank them enough” says CoGH SPCA’s CEO Moyo Ndukwana. “Imagine if the SPCA was unable to respond to reports of animal cruelty because we had no fuel in our vehicles. We are honoured to have the support of these animal loving cyclists who were moved to act to ensure that never happens”.
There’s no doubt that the route was tough and that these cyclists suffered many physical discomforts during their race but Team SPCA Cyclist Shivani Ghai says “My physical discomfort during the race was nothing compared to the suffering experienced by animals awaiting rescue from conditions of neglect or abject cruelty and that’s what kept me going”.
Our team of dedicated Inspectors may not have had their seats in a bicycle saddle on the 12th of March but it seems that they have more in common with our cyclists than they thought. “Animal rescue isn’t easy on animal-loving hearts” says Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse. “It’s painful to witness the cruelty we see on a daily basis and we can’t help but feel inspired to keep pushing through that pain just like out Team SPCA cyclists until we realise a world where all animals are treated with kindness and compassion.”
We are reminded of the words a world-famous cyclist, Lance Armstrong: “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”
Thank you Team SPCA Cyclists, you leave us with so much more than R175 000.00 in the bank, you leave us inspired! It’s because of you that we are able to continue our important work and because of you that we will never give-up.
Thank you for fighting cruelty alongside us, you’ve made a very real difference in the lives of animals and we so grateful for your unwavering commitment to our cause. On behalf of our entire team of Cape of Good Hope SPCA Inspectors, please accept our heartfelt gratitude. We hope we’ll see you again next year.
Special thanks to our corporate sponsors VTH Consultants and Interworks without whom our participation in the Cape Town Cycle Tour would not have been possible. Our cyclists looked great on the road in their cycling gear designed by RedInk and manufactured by Velotex and we could spoil them with incredible goody bags thanks to Switch and House of JD