Cycling for smiles on World Smile Day

Cycle club, Cyclewize, has committed to riding a minimum of 400km in 40 days to help raise funds for life-changing cleft surgery through Operation Smile. Cyclists, from left: Ben Cairo, Fabian Richards, Ashley Francis, Takalani Makhavhu, Pieter Rousseau, Chris King, Wayne Muller, Kate Mulle and Errol Jeftha.

Tokai-based cycle club, Cyclewize, is hoping to turn hundreds of miles on their bicycles into beautiful smiles for children with cleft lips and palates, through their support of Operation Smile’s Cycle for Smiles fundraising campaign, which officially kicked off on World Smile Day, Friday October 7.

Twenty-three cyclists from the club have committed to riding a minimum of 400km in 40 days and to use their challenge to encourage their friends and family to help them raise funds for life-changing surgery through Operation Smile.

A few club members have gone further and doubled the challenge distance with one even committing to riding 1000km in 40 days.

To date, they’ve already raised R31 400 towards the total Cycle for Smiles target of R55 000, which will help give 10 new smiles to children.

“As a club, we recognise the daily challenges faced by children and their families with cleft conditions. By supporting Operation Smile through our Cycle for Smiles challenge we want to make a difference in their lives by raising funds for life-changing surgery” said Chris King, Cyclewize chairman, after the club’s 5am launch ride on Friday from Tokai to the top of Chapman’s Peak and back.

Visit https://operationsmile.org.za/campaign/cycle-for-smiles/ or to find out more about how to join Cyclewize, email cyclewizecc@gmail.com