On 14 March 2021, the AWOL Tour guides normally participate in the Cape Town cycle tour, the worlds largest timed cycle race but this year its been postponed due to Covid-19. Instead a small group of eight intrepid Capetonian hiking tour guides will cycle and hike an epic 70km from Cape Point to Table Mountain Cable Station to raise awareness and funds for the SPCA.
Cycling the first 35km from Cape Point to Kalk Bay, then hiking 35km up onto the mountains to pick up the trails leading to Table Mountain and ultimately descending Platteklip to finish at the Cable Station, they expect the journey to take up to 15 hours.
“We are doing this mainly to fundraise for the SPCA, which has been extremely hard hit by the economic fallout of the Covid pandemic,” said organiser and experienced trail guide, Binny Ridgway.
“Another industry that has also been particularly hard hit by the pandemic is tourism. The majority of the Trails4Tails group are adventure tour guides who now find themselves with a lot of free time on their hands, and they want to do something meaningful to help.”
The SPCA has welcomed the initiative, and Belinda Abraham, spokesperson for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, hopes that it will be a significant fundraiser for the organisation in a difficult period: “There has been a flood of pets being surrendered or abandoned to the streets as their owners can no longer afford to care for them, and the SPCA is the catch net. We are currently experiencing a 24% increase in the number of animals in need of our help.
Normally the Cape Town cycle tour is a big fundraising event for the SPCA and this year its been cancelled which has greatly curtailed fundraising opportunities.
The #Trails4Tails group include a group of avid dog lovers who can often be spotted hiking on Table Mountain with their favourite fur friends. In fact AWOL Tours even offer unique hiking tour options with a dogs!
AWOL Tours will be providing the support vehicle and bicycles for the participants are Binny Ridgway, Sally Petersen, Sue Parker-Smith, Amanda Twyman , James Twyman, Jeremy Schreiner, Bevan-Hope Baillie and Darsha Pershina. Other supporters and participants are welcome to join us on training hikes on Table Mountain.
Supporters of the campaign can contribute directly to the SPCA fundraiser through Given Gain ( https://www.givengain.com/cc/trails-4-tails/)For more information please contact Natasha Johannes on firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 7004155.
Or deposit funds directly into the SPCA bank account:
Standard Bank Constantia,
account: Cape of Good Hope SPCA,
account number: 0718 32858
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