Mintekker cycles 24 hours to raise funds against childhood cancer

Mintek employee Chris Fletcher completed 24 hours of continuous cycling on Friday, 29 October at Mintek’s Randburg campus in a charity feat aimed at raising funds for children with cancer.

Riding a stationary bicycle, Fletcher (52) covered an equivalent of about 392.6 km since he started on Thursday at 13h00 and he burnt about 12 670 kilocalories in the process. Fletcher’s feat is part of a fundraising initiative for CHOC, the South African Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Fletcher is a member of the CHOC Cows, a group of about 130 cycling enthusiasts, who are targeting to raise R4.1-million in 2010 in order to fund the upgrade of the paediatric oncology ward at the Chris Hani-Baragwanath hospital, and also if possible, at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic hospital.

Fletcher hopes to raise a total of about R25 000 from this “spinnathon” event at Mintek alone. Apart from staff and business divisions, Mintek’s corporate clients and visitors to the campus have also pledged their sponsorships.

Various options in which sponsors could donate funds included:

  • straight donations, regardless of time or distance covered;
  • sponsorship on a per kilometre basis up to a specified maximum; or,
  • sponsorship per 20, 50 or 100 kilometres or part thereof.

Fletcher also used this event as a warm-up for the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge later this month in Johannesburg.