12 Jun, 2015

Riding for the LumoHawks

Daryl chats to some of the riders during the charity cycle in the Cradle recently.
The big guns of cycling, rugby and world rallying got together early this year for a ride in the Cradle of Humankind to raise money for the LumoHawk Foundation.

No stranger to any South African cyclist, Daryl Impey who is the only South African to ever wear the Tour de France’s legendary yellow jersey, donated some of his cycling memorabilia and took part in the ride.

South Africa’s 1995 rugby hero, who has basically become a cyclist himself, Joel Stransky actually auctioned Daryl’s memorabilia and also rode the route, but unlike everyone else, he chose to ride the route on his mountain bike as he was training for the Absa Cape Epic.

And this was all made possible by Subaru, itself no stranger to competition having held numerous rally championship crowns including the World Rally Constructor’s Championships and many annual rally events.

Underpinned by founder Joel Stransky, the LumoHawk Foundation seeks to support the educational and sporting needs of previously disadvantaged children and their communities in South Africa.

With the invitation extended to Subaru clients and cyclists alike, the event began at the serene Kloofzicht Lodge in Muldersdrift, where Impey and Stransky led the group onto the majestic roads of the Cradle of Humankind, for a 50 kilometre ride. Upon return, breakfast and a charity auction were lined up which enabled the cyclists to mingle with the two sporting greats. Up for grabs – two framed items of signed Daryl Impey memorabilia, including the yellow jersey worn in the 2013 Tour de France.

With Stransky as auctioneer the two items were successfully auctioned off, with all event proceeds collated and donated to the LumoHawk Foundation – an impressive R30 000 which will be put towards a new MTB Academy in Muldersdrift.

Comments Subaru Southern Africa Marketing Manager, Ashley Lazarus: “We are overwhelmed by the success we experienced at this event, where cycling enthusiasts not only enjoyed a priceless opportunity to cycle with Daryl and Joel, but who also dug deep for a very good cause.

“The aim is for the charity ride to become an annual event, our partnership with Daryl continuing to gain momentum and strength. Further to this, our brand is perfectly suited to supporting the cycling community. Our lifestyle-focused vehicles, including the Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback, enable riders to travel on- and off-road in supreme comfort and with their bicycles and equipment easily stowed.

“We thank all the cyclists who joined us and we are proud to be able to make such a valuable contribution to the community.”