When the annual fundraising event for Fisantekraal Animal Welfare (FAW) had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, the participants did not allow for this to stand in their way and went ahead to raise money for FAW with an exercise challenge.
The annual FAW80 Cycle Challenge, which would have been held on 18 and 19 April, has become a popular fundraising event for FAW with riders from all over the northern suburbs taking part, says Jenni Davies, spokesperson of FAW.
The cyclists decided to have a virtual challenge riding in isolation at their homes, using Strava, Zoom and other technology to stay in touch with the rest of the group.
One participant, Pieter du Preez from Somerset West, who rode previously in the FAW80 Cycle Challenge – a gruelling 480km race over two days – and would have participated this year again, completed 12 hours straight on his stationary cycle at home. He rode 321km and raised R20 000 in aid of FAW, Davies says.
A total of R30 000 was raised, while many Checkers vouchers were received.
“The funds will go towards animal sterilisations and the vouchers will be used for food.
“Between them they have completed 30 hours of continuous exercise in a relay format. Some of them had their turn in the early hours of the morning. They don’t all have stationary cycles at home; those that do not, replaced it with other exercise like treadmill, walking around the house and so forth,” Davies says.
One participant, Tienie Bester of Durbanville, did 21km of running – a total of 222 laps around his house. Another challenge, the public FAW80 Lockdown Challenge took place this past weekend on 25 en 26 April.
People were challenged to do 48 minutes of exercise of any kind within 48 hours, raising at least R100 per person in aid of animal sterilisations.