One of our members, Ian, will be riding the sani2c and representing 3C as the first member of the club to race abroad in South Africa! Please see a message from him below and give him all the support you can with his challenge!
On the 9-11 May I will be riding the sani2c, (www.sani2c.co.za), a three day MTB stage race in South Africa. The race runs from Underberg, near the Lesotho border, down to Scottburgh just south of Durban. In total about 300kms. There are three races run along the same route each starting one day later. I will be doing the Trail; the Adventure runs from 10-12th May, and the Race (containing many of the South African pros) runs from 11-13th May. It's a team event, two to a team, and my partner, who is English, lives in SA.
I plan to try and raise as much as I can for the Minstead Trust. This is a school, based over in Minstead, near Furzy Gardens, that provides support for young adults with learning difficulties, helping them to take their place in society. I've copied a section to show their Vision, Mission and Values and think that the work they do is fantastic and deserving of support.
Our Vision: Adults with learning disabilities are able to achieve greater independence, lead fulfilled lives and live as full citizens in our society.
Our Mission: To provide training for adults with learning disabilities to enable them to develop new skills, lead fulfilled lives and achieve greater independence. We do this at a pace tailored to the individual, in an inspirational setting and with a dedicated and experienced workforce who value the potential in everyone.
Putting Students First – we act in the best interest of those who attend or live within the Trust, whatever their background, skill or disability.
Being inspirational – We look towards new ways of providing and delivering experiences. We enable success through encouragement and praise.
Achieving Success – we always focus on how we can improve and raise the standard of the services and experiences we offer. We put the interest of those we work with before ourselves. We have high professional standards for ourselves and those we work with.
Behaving with Integrity – We work without fear or favour, listening, responding appropriately, not afraid to provide support and challenge.
Valuing Difference – We promote the principles and practise of equalities and take action to ensure all are able to engage effectively to achieve their potential
Working Together – we work together by living and being in a community, putting our shared welfare above personal and Departmental interest and supporting each other to ensure we are meeting the needs of those entrusted in our care.
The Trust has a Christian foundation and our values are based on the belief that all people deserve care and respect and that we should care for others as we would want them to care for us. We celebrate the main Christian events of Christmas and Easter. We are not an evangelising organisation and welcome people of all faiths and none, aiming to serve whatever personal and spiritual needs people may have.
I'd be grateful if you could circulate this amongst the members to see if we can get some support amongst them by way of sponsoring me on this ride. I don't plan to go through any website fundraising such as Justgiving, as they tend to take a fee and I want all funds raised to go to the school. I will create a simple sponsor sheet and leave it at the shop in Hythe, and if anyone wants to contact me direct with offers of sponsorship they can contact me via my email; do please pass it on.
I do have an added incentive and that is that any funds I raise will be doubled by Barclays bank up to £750. As a pensioner of Barclays I still participate in these schemes.
Really appreciate any support that I can get. I've attached a couple of photos from last years event as well.
All the best,
This is a really big challenge and we wish all the best to Ian with his ride. If you can help with donations, please do reach out to him on his email (firstname.lastname@example.org)