Cape Town - Among the thousands of road cycling enthusiasts taking part in
the Cape Town Cycle Tour this weekend will be media personality Dali Tambo and
his wife Rachel, riding their tandem in the distinctive black-and-white colours
of The Cows to raise awareness and funds for the CHOC Childhood Cancer
They a regulars on the start line of the Cape classic and have also added 94.7
medals to their cycling accomplishments, and they are encouraging riders of all
abilities to join in the cause on the weekend.
“Whenever Rachel and I cycle we wear our Cow cycling outfits,” said Dali Tambo.
“When people see two Cows on a tandem riding along the road we immediately
create a spectacle. People stop us to chat and ask questions about our strange
“Firstly we are black and white, wearing black and white Cow lycra which many
people see as a symbol of racial harmony and social cohesion. Rachel is a proud
cowgirl and I am a proud cowboy!” he said.
The Tambos want to grow the numbers of The Cows herd taking part in the Cape
Town Cycle Tour.
“Join the herd to help our children,” he implored.
“We are only too ready to
salute CHOC for the superb work they do in the support of childhood cancer.”
“Rachel gives huge kudos to The Cows as they were successful in getting me into
lycra which she says is a huge triumph as prior to this I could be seen riding
along the road in my normal clothes complete with Panama Hat blowing in the
breeze!” he added.
More information about The Cows can be found at www.thecows.co.za
About The Cows
The Cows were started in 2008 by a group of eight
enthusiastic cyclists keen to make a difference and raise funds for the CHOC
Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa. Cordi van Niekerk was one of the
founder members and joined Kerrin and Grant Bain in cycling the 947 Cycle
Challenge in memory of their daughter, Jessica, who had recently died from
cancer at just 20 months old.
As CHOC had played a significant role in the Bain family's life in the last few
weeks of Jessica’s life, specifically with palliative care and emotional
support, the decision was to make CHOC the beneficiary of their quest. They
decided to don cow suits and succeeded in raising R230 000.
In 2009, the herd gained momentum and grew to 140 energetic cows. Just two
years later the herd numbered a staggering 350 cows all riding for a purpose.
Armed with the ‘Love Living Life’ slogan and a healthy dose of enthusiasm, the
herd has enjoyed much success and acclaim.
Ten later, hundreds of people have participated in events wearing cow suits.
The Cows have just broken through the R30 million mark of funds raised for
specific projects implemented by CHOC and The Cows brand is prominent in many
sporting events in South Africa. With these funds, CHOC is able to make a
difference to the children being treated for cancer throughout South Africa.
One herd; one quest: to make a difference to children with cancer. Love Living
information can be found at www.thecows.co.za