Mick, Lee, Graeme, and Rob took on and completed the challenge of a lifetime – to raise money that will transform thousands of children’s lives. Team Abana cycled in a race across the USA to give back childhoods to thousands of street children. All costs of the event were covered by the riders themselves so all donations have gone directly to support improved services for street and other vulnerable children.
It is a no-brainer when a passionate cyclist gets invited tojoin a team to take on the enormous challenge of RAAM........is it really NOT on every cyclist's bucket list?
RAAM presents the perfect opportunity to challenge oneself physically and mentally, as well as invest time, personal conviction and money towards a very worthy cause. In this ever demanding working environment, time has become our most precious commodity. Yet the months it takes to train and the 7+ days it takes to complete the race, will be a hugely rewarding investment of time into understanding, appreciating and creating awareness of what exactly C4C takes on and achieves in order to alleviate some of the pain and suffering of children less fortunate than our own.
I am African and proudly so!! Regardless of where circumstances have taken my family, we haven't lost our identity and we'll always resonate closely with the challenges Africa continues to face. Economically, socially and politically, these continue to be challenges demanding our attention, proactive thought and constructive action. The dialogue over the past few months resulting from my commitment to take on the challenge of RAAM, as well as our commitment to raise funds for C4C, has enabled us to remain conscious of the daily struggles a large portion of the younger African generation face and I'm very excited to be able to play a part in keeping the wheels turning (apologies for the pun) of a great charity such as C4C.
Personally, I can't think of a more productive and constructive way to challenge my closely approaching 50th birthday. As a sportsman I've always enjoyed team sports and pushing myself to the limit to succeed in whatever challenge I've taken on. My family have not complained (yet) about my excessive hours on the bike in preparation for this event and have become quite used to sweaty hugs on my return from "another" training ride. I acknowledge I could never attempt this with as much optimism and passion as I do, if it were not for their wholehearted support.
I am really looking forward to this adventure, cycling with committed and enthusiastic teammates, being supported by an extremely dedicated crew, as well as raising money and awareness for a great cause.