Cape Town - Gary
Kirsten will be riding his first Absa Cape Epic from March 13-20 in an
effort to raise funds for the installation of cricket net facilities at various
township schools under the Gary Kirsten Foundation.
will be joining forces with Michael Mol in an attempt to complete the
700km challenge, which is divided into eight stages. Kirsten is aiming
to raise R90 000 per stage in order to install eight cricket nets at eight
South African township schools.
just a few days away from participating in the Cape Epic mountain bike race in
the Western Cape,” said an excited Kirsten.
“My goal is to raise enough money
so that for each stage I complete, we can install another net facility at a
township school. This would mean raising approximately R720 000 in total.”
that, although the Absa Cape Epic one of the most gruelling multi-stage
mountain races in the world, the physical challenge doesn’t compare with the
hardships and challenges that many youngsters face in the township communities.
is the aim of the Gary Kirsten Foundation to create healthy alternatives for
youngsters in the township communities through cricket ecosystem projects and
programmes,” said Kirsten.
“This includes cricket net installations at a
school, providing a full-time cricket coach and cricket equipment.
riding the Absa Cape Epic I hope to inspire young people to strive
to achieve their dreams, despite the challenges faced. I would like
to encourage others, especially those in the corporate sector, to get involved
in our Foundation and help us make a difference.”
Kirsten’s passion for the development of sporting talent in South Africa is
ongoing and hopes to continue to develop Black African cricketers that can
hopefully represent South African domestic, first-class and international
Kirsten Foundation aims to implement these cricket ecosystems which comprise of
nets, coaches, equipment and coaching structures at various schools within
township areas. The provision of quality infrastructure and sustainable
coaching systems is central to the success of aspiring youngsters who wish to
become professional cricketers. Not only do these produce the intended
cricketing results, they also enrich the lives of the local community.
wishing to contribute to the cause can contact the Foundation through the
or email firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow @Gary_Kirsten
@GK_Foundation on Twitter or visit www.facebook.com/GaryKirstenFoundation for
regular updates on Kirsten’s progress and more information.