The Quadriplegic Association of the Eastern Cape (QAEC) held their annual 48-Hour Quadrathon at the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex in Port Elizabeth. The event took place from 4pm on Friday 24 November until 4pm Sunday 26 November 2006.
The Quadrathon involved a 48-hour “stationary bike” cycling competition to raise awareness of the work done by the Quadriplegic Association, and to raise funds. Various companies from all over Port Elizabeth took part by “buying” a bike and getting their staff or members of the public to cycle for 48 hours. The bikes were sponsored by Virgin Active and the overall sponsor was Builders Express.
Event organisers BizBox also created an exciting theme for visitors to the weekend Quadrathon based on “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and the Boardwalk was filled with “pirate” activities and entertainment.
Local restaurants Leonardo’s, El Greco, Wimpy, CafÃ© Dulce, 34Â° South and News CafÃ© also got involved, each donating a specific dish for the weekend, with a percentage of proceeds going to the Quadriplegic Association. News CafÃ© also hosted two “Pirates of the Caribbean” parties on Friday and Saturday night, creating various exotic cocktails for sale with a percentage of proceeds donated to the QAEC. The Quadrathon also got many prizes donated by various toy, sweet and cold drink companies.
SABC 1 children’s programme YO-TV filmed a talent show in the Boardwalk’s amphitheatre and a tour of the city so that parents could cycle while the children were entertained!
Two South African records were set by two amazing men. Clint Eberhardt, a spinning instructor at Profiles gym, donated his time to the QAEC and cycled for the full 48 hours on his own. He did it for the cause and completed his record without sleep for the whole weekend. Clint managed to cycle an amazing 916 km.
Zolani Runeli, a paraplegic, rode a hand-cycle donated by Cheshire Homes for the full 48 hours. He never faltered and was a true inspiration to everyone who lent their support. He cycled a whopping 1505 km.
At the end of the weekend, a total of R75, 487.45 was raised for the QAEC. The results were audited by Ernst and Young. The event was a great success with excellent media coverage on local radio station Algoa FM and the PE Express, The Herald, The Weekend Post and the Algoa Sun newspapers.
|Spinning instructor Clint Eberhardt rode for 48 hours without any sleep and covered an amazing 916km.||Paraplegic Zolani Ruleni hand cycled non-stop for 48 hours and covered a whopping 1505km.|
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