Citizen reporter
2 minute read
7 Mar 2016
3:11 pm

Gary Kirsten takes on epic cycle challenge

Citizen reporter

Gary Kirsten will be riding his first ABSA Cape Epic from 13 to 20 March in an effort to raise funds for the installation of cricket net facilities at various township schools under the Gary Kirsten Foundation.

FILE PICTURE: Gary Kirsten. Picture: Richard Huggard/Gallo Images.

Kirsten will be joining forces with Michael Mol in an attempt to complete the 700-kilometre challenge, which is divided into eight stages. Kirsten is aiming to raise R90 000 per stage in order to install eight cricket nets at eight South African township schools.

“I’m just a few days away from participating in the Cape Epic mountain bike race in the Western Cape,” said an excited Kirsten. “My goal is to raise enough money so that for each stage I complete, we can install another net facility at a township school. This would mean raising approximately R720 000 in total.”

He said that, although the ABSA Cape Epic one of the most gruelling multi-stage mountain races in the world, the physical challenge doesn’t compare with the hardships and challenges that many youngsters face in the township communities.

“It is the aim of the Gary Kirsten Foundation to create healthy alternatives for youngsters in the township communities through cricket ecosystem projects and programmes,” said Kirsten.

“This includes cricket net installations at a school, providing a full-time cricket coach and cricket equipment.

“By riding the Absa Cape Epic I hope to inspire young people to strive to achieve their dreams, despite the challenges faced.  I would like to encourage others, especially those in the corporate sector, to get involved in our Foundation and help us make a difference.”

Gary Kirsten’s passion for the development of sporting talent in South Africa is ongoing and hopes to continue to develop Black African cricketers that can hopefully represent South African domestic, first-class and international cricket teams.

The Gary Kirsten Foundation aims to implement these cricket ecosystems which comprise of nets, coaches, equipment and coaching structures at various schools within township areas. The provision of quality infrastructure and sustainable coaching systems is central to the success of aspiring youngsters who wish to become professional cricketers. Not only do these produce the intended cricketing results, they also enrich the lives of the local community.