FAW raises funds with challenge (Tygerburger 29 April 2020)

 

Our FAW80 stay-home challenge was a great success, and was covered by the Tygerburger on 29 April 2020

FAW raises funds with challenge

When the annual fundraising event for Fisantekraal Animal Welfare 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 from FAW, with riders from all over the Northern Suburbs taking part, says Jenni Davies, spokesperson from 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 of Somerset West, who rode previously in the cycle challenge – a gruelling 480km over two days – and would have participated this year again, completed 12 hour straight on his stationary bicycle at home. He rode 321km and raised R 20 000 in aid of FAW, Davies says. Another participant, Tienie Bester of Durbanville, did 21km of running, a total of 222 laps around his house.  A total of R 30 000 was raised and several Checkers vouchers also donated. “The funds will go towards animal sterilisation and the vouchers will be used for food. Between them, they have completed 30 hours in 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, such as treadmill, walking around the house, and so forth,” says Davies. 

Another challenge, the public FAW80 lockdown challenge took place this past weekend on 25 and 26 April. People were challenged to do 48 minutes of exercise of any kind within 48 hours raising at leas R 100 per person in aid of animal sterilisations. 

A total of R 30 000 was raised and several Checkers vouchers also donated. The funds will go towards animal sterilisation and the vouchers will be used for food.

We thank and congratulate all those who took part and donated, and those who sponsored the participants!

For any media enquiries, please contact us on 062 258 3547 or email info@faw.za.org. 

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