Thursday, May 19, 2022

Valentine Laps…Cycling for love and charity

The second edition of the Valentine Laps Cycling Challenge will be held this coming Sunday at the Gaborone stables.

The event, which is organised by Pool Co and the Gaborone Cycling Club (GCC) during the Valentine festivities, is used to raise funds for the vulnerable members of society.

Peter Sekwale of the GCC said that all proceeds from the event will be channelled towards chosen charity organisations.

“In our maiden Valentine laps last year, a total of P11┬á000 was generated. Pool Co donated P10┬á000 to Happy Homes and gave P1000 to GCC, which we also donated to the very same charity organisation,” Sekwale said. He added that the race, which is a non-competitive event, intends to raise at least the same amount as last year if not more.

Unlike other competitive cycling events, the GCC spokesperson says there are no outright winners or prizes for the race.

“Everyone who registers for this event stands a chance of winning a grand prize of P19┬á000, Full Suspension GT sensor as well as many other prizes, including a Thule Bike rack, Mokolodi cheetah visit for two, cycling clothes, just to mention a few,” Sekwale said.

Unlike other races, which are road races, the Valentine Laps is a 13 km loops (laps) with each person allowed to do as many laps as he can within specified times.

“This year, we have divided the race into three sections, 5 laps, 3 laps and a single lap. Participants are, however, entitled to challenge themselves and do as many laps as possible.”
Sekwale, however, alluded that there will be prizes for the participant who completes more laps than any other participant.

For his part, Alex Glaister of Pool Co says they intend to add yet another beneficiary to their charity event.

He says beside the Happy Homes, which is a charity organisation caring for AIDS orphans in Old Naledi, they will also donate half of the proceeds to ‘I AM SPECIAL,’ which is a school for the mentally challenged children. Glaister says Pool Co has committed to giving at least P10┬á000 to charity, a promise which they intend to honour ‘even if the proceeds from the event do not meet the intended target.’ To ensure that the event is all inclusive, Glaister says they have made a special 3 km long course for kids to ensure their safe participation away from the main course.

The Valentine Laps is the brainchild of Pool Co owner, Graham Hood, who formulated it, with helping charities in mind.

The Valentine Laps Challenge is expected to be an annual family outing charity event.

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