THANK YOU !
To the 5000 cyclists who rode the Dis-Chem Ride for Sight on Sunday 17th February, 2019 the 31st edition of this exciting road race. Through the generous donations of the cyclist the Donation Draw raised Rover R54 480.00 and this amount was matched by the Dis-Chem Foundation resulting in a great total of R108 960.00.
These funds will help needy families to pay for genetic testing to ensure their children are not left out of promising therapy trials. All other proceeds support genetic research to find treatments for retinal blindness which is being conducted at the University of Cape Town.
The winner of the fantastic KTM bike in the donation draw was Elie Kouaiky and we thank CycleLab for this generous donation. The 2 runners up each won a super 7 night hoiday at Michamvi Sunset Bay Resort in Zanzibar. Thanks to the Cousins family for this sponsorship.
Congratulations to Marc Pritzen winner of the 116 km Super Classic event and the Ernest Hunt Trophy- the oldest cycling trophy in South Africa still in use. The Ladies event was won by Michelle Benson. Congratulations to all the category and lucky draw prize winners but the real winners on Sunday were the thousands of South Africans racing against time to save their vision. Thank you on their behalf. For full results see www.racetec.co.za
Our most sincere thanks go to our headline sponsor Dis-Chem Pharmacies, our hosts, the City of Ekurhuleni and our co-organisers Springs Wheelers, Hamnet Emergency Communications, BestMed Road Rangers, ASM Safety Consultants and Benoni Red Cross. Thanks also to secondary sponsors of prizes or services: vita-thion, Bausch and Lomb, Ferrimed, Biogen, TransAct, CycleLab, Michamvi Sunset Bay, Carrera and Polaroid Eye Wear, Venter Trailers, KTM Bike Industries, Sealy Posturepeadic, Merida, Weldon House, Cathedral Peak Hotel, Protea Hotels, Linden Cycles, Coverderm, African Extracts, Hairowin Hair Stylist, Burnshield. Grateful thanks to Unitrans for sponsoring the cold trucks at the water tables which were convened by: Ekurhuleni Metro, Itegrated Pump Technology, Biogen, Ella Groenewald, Modderfontein Golden Oldies Hockey Club and Farrarmere Primary. Thanks to St Dominics Boksburg for manning the medal tables so enthusiastically and Wits Physio students for their strong hands. Also to Bene Water, Pick n Pay Towers, Ezee Quip, Coca Cola Beverages, Cycle Events, CycleLab, Carry On Projects, Fury Motor group, Go Advertising, , B One , Helivac and The Dis-Chem Foundation. Thank you to the Rotary Service clubs and our stalwart friends who marshalled the event and all the volunteers who make this event happen. Please support our event sponsors who make this ride possible.
PROUDLY HOSTED BY THE CITY OF EKURHULENI
Councilor D Mlambo, Ekurhuleni left and Danny Lopes, Dis-Chem Right with Marc Pritzen
Stan Goetsch, Dis-Chem Pharmacies, left, Claudette Medefindt and James Cape , Chairman Retina SA celebrating the success of the 2019 Dis-Chem Ride for Sight