100 Mile Cyclethon


Come cycle 100 Miles of Nowhere fundraiser at Cascades Lifestyle Centre for Childhood Cancer SA (CHOC)



Join the ‘The COWS’ 100 Miles of Nowhere (100MON)cyclethonfundraiser happening on 24 June 2016 from 2pm -7pm at the Cascades Lifestyle Centre in Pietermaritzburg.


The event, supported by the Pietermaritzburg Cadence Performance Centre, and hosted at the Cascades Lifestyle Centre, is part of the annual national 100 Miles of Nowhere campaign to raise funds for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa, where cyclists cycle a maximum of 100 miles (160km) on provided stationary bikes.


You can get involved by eithercycling in the cyclethon on the stationary bikes;sponsoring a team of 1, 2 or 4 riders taking part, orcoming out in full force to cheer for the riders at the Cascades Centre on Friday, 24 June.


Cyclists pay an entry fee donation of R1 000 for a solo rider, R600 per rider for teams of two, and R350 per rider for teams of four, all of which goes directly to CHOC.Supporters can also sponsor the riders per km ridden or challenge them to certain time taken to complete the distance.

Cyclethons will also be taking place at the same time at seven otherCadence Performance Centres based in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

To sign up or find out more, go to the 100 Miles of Nowhere website - contact Tessa Hesse at



Venue: Cascades Lifestyle Centre, 23 McCarthy Drive, Pietermaritzburg

Type of Event: Charity fundraiser

Date:Friday, 24 June 2016

Time: 2pm to 7pm

Entry Fee: Solo Rider – R1 000; Team of 2 – R600 per rider, Team of 4 – R350 per rider

Open to everyone


Editors Notes

For more information please contact Tessa Hesse at


About 100 Miles of Nowhere

The 100 Miles of Nowhere concept is now an international fundraising initiative that was unintentionally started by Eldon Nelson, an American blogger who owns the blog.


In 2008, Nelson did the first 100 Miles of Nowhere in his garage as a personal challenge to support his ailing wife whilst she was being treated for cancer. The idea was to reach 100 miles in the most mind-numbing way to pay respect to the mind-numbing and painful repetition of unpleasant cancer treatments like chemotherapy. His blog followers loved the concept, and wanted to join him, and so it grew into a worldwide initiative to raise funds for cancer.

In 2011, The Cows, which is a NPO that continuously raises funds and awareness for CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa by taking part in various sports events in their infamous black and white spotted cow suits, launched the first 100 Miles of Nowhere event in South Africa. Back then only 10 cyclists took part.

In 2015, over 300 cyclists across KwaZulu-Natal raised a total of R160 000 for CHOC. This was used to fund a ‘CHOC Block’ at the paediatric oncology unit at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban. The CHOC Block provides a private rooming-in facility for a child with cancer, and their care-giver, during their often lengthy treatments. Each room costs R150 a day to run, which includes two meals a day for the child and carer, and laundry facilities.

In 2016, 100 Miles to Nowhere events are being hosted Cadence Performance Centres across South Africa, with The Cows aiming to raise a record R250 000 for CHOC.


To find out more, go to the 100 Miles of Nowhere website -


Cascades Lifestyle Centre -




Children in the Wilderness (CITW) is a non-profit organisation to facilitate sustainable conservation through leadership development and education of rural children in Africa. By exposing children to their natural heritage, CITW aims to create a network of learning sanctuaries that uplifts and cares for our children and conserves our planet. In this way, we hope to inspire the children to care for the environment so that they can become the custodians of these areas in the future. Children in the Wilderness started operating in Botswana in 2001 and has since expanded to Namibia, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

During the course of the year, the CITW ground team operates Eco-Clubs in the various communities with which we work. The Eco-Clubs, which take place at the rural schools, follow a structured curriculum and give all learners who are interested in the environment a chance to meet, learn, discuss and expand their knowledge of environmental issues. We are able to reach more children in the communities and on a more regular basis. Children participating on the CITW annual camps are selected from Eco-Clubs.

Our Eco-Mentor Training aims to develop local community members by upgrading skills, increasing environmental understanding and enabling them to better implement school and village environmental projects and initiatives. This project assists in addressing the critical teaching skills shortage in environmental education in Southern Africa. Once trained, Eco-Mentors are able to host Eco-Clubs in the local village schools and assist the Eco-Club members in implementing environmental projects in their village.

Our annual camp programme hosts rural children on a three-night environmental and life skills educational programme in Wilderness Safaris and/or partner camps where we teach children the importance of conservation and strive to instil a passion for the environment. The programme covers topics such as wildlife, conservation, health, HIV/AIDS awareness, nutrition, life skills, geography, geology, arts, crafts and theatre.

Our Youth Environmental Stewardship (YES) Programme focuses on children with commitment and potential who have been identified on annual camps and in Eco-Clubs as showing a particular interest in conservation. The curriculum in the programme is an extension of concepts introduced in Eco-Clubs and at camp, with a greater focus on career guidance, leadership, team building, communication and further environmental education.
Overall, CITW aims to develop leadership values amongst the participants, so as to create leaders who are inspired to care for their environment and can show others the way.

Other related initiatives which we support, depending on the country and region, include community development programmes to reduce poverty, improve living conditions, and enhance local education systems through improving school infrastructure, scholarship programmes, feeding schemes and the promotion of small community businesses.

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