The AFRICAN ICONS Invitation is an Invitational Cycle Tour that took place from the 29th September to the 5th of October 2018. Participants cycled from PE to Cape Town over 5 days, along the coastlines, through the Karoo, across mountains and into the orchards of South Africa. The route was designed to be a 5 tough days on a bike, while raising funds for those who have it tough every day.
As part of their entry, participants were required to raise funds for the widows and orphans of South African Police Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. All funds raised go to support the education of and a monthly income for these families.
The event was limited to just 40 riders and as the name suggests, some of South Africa’s best-known South African sporting icons threw their weight behind this initiative. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cycle alongside the likes of Joel Stransky, Graeme Smith, Bruce Fordyce, Sanani Mangisa and Steve Waugh, our Aussie icon!
The African Icons Invitational was also a leadership opportunity, as each of our icons were also the after-dinner speaker at each of the towns that we slept over in as we made our way to Botrivier from Port Elizabeth.WHAT'S THE MONEY RAISED FOR?
The aim of this event is to raise funds for the widows and orphans of South African police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Almost daily we hear of the tragic and pointless deaths of brave South Africans serving on the front line of our Police Service, killed in the line of duty. Sadly, we don’t always realise the full implications of their deaths and the destitute families they leave behind, in some instances they are the breadwinners and supporters of more than just their own immediate family.
All funds raised go to support the education of and a monthly income for these families.
This cause is very close to the heart of our founder Rory Steyn, appointed one of the team leaders of President Nelson Mandela’s personal protection teams at the Presidential Protection Unit in 1996, and who served in the SA Police Service for 17½ years.