Cyclathon raises thousands for Centre


By Anita Dywaba and Nyasa Chizanga

The Rhodes University Health Suite’s annual Cyclathon last Saturday raised R10 328 for the Heart Matters Pregnancy Care Centre.

Held in the Rhodes’ Health Suite’s Indoor Cycling Studio on 30 September, the cyclathon was a 12-hour marathon from 8am-8pm, with businesses, clubs and organisations ‘purchasing’ a bike per hour. A steady flow of participants came through the doors throughout.

Ashley Reidman and Terri-Lynn Penney cycled for the full 12 hours and several people cycled between three and five hours each.

Nontando Tusi, of the organising committee, said thiis year’s event was held to raise awareness and funds for the Heart Matters Pregnancy Care Centre.

The cyclathon is a way of giving back to the community and each year a different beneficiary is chosen. 

“A lot of people are not aware of the work that the Heart Matters Pregnancy Care Centre has done for the Rhodes community and Grahamstown as a whole,” said Marjorie Regunda, Section Manager at the Health Suite.

Rhodes University lecturer Tracy Probert said the Heart Matters Pregnancy Care Centre also helped to enlighten people about rape culture.

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