Aitsa and Prochorus set to shine at Origin Of Trails

Seen here:  The children from the Aitsa After Care Centre with their mountain biking coach, Bianca Grobbelaar.

The organisers of South Africa’s premier 2-day MTB Experience, the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience are proud to continue supporting the Aitsa After Care Centre and Prochorus at the 2018 event that will take place in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 24 and Sunday, 25 November 2018.

Founded in 2014 the Aitsa After Care Centre strives to expose children to fun activities and programs in an alternative home environment where they feel loved and special.

“We offer meals, sport, chess, choir, drama, e-learning, mathematics, reading programmes, homework assistance, counselling, parent support groups and life skills training to name just a few,” says Marietjie Steyn, Aitsa After Care Centre Founder/Director.  “It is such a privilege to be involved with the Origin Of Trails.  The route goes through our valley, where the parents work and children go to school.  It makes sense for the two entities to take hands and make a difference.”

“By being involved with the Origin Of Trails we gain exposure to a larger audience,” continues Steyn.  “On entering the 2018 event riders can choose to support the Aitsa After Care Centre.  This year each entrant will receive an Aitsa Armband in their race pack.  The armband was beaded by local Stellenbosch ladies and has an invitation attached for riders to sponsor a child in the Aitsa programme.  Exciting news from our side is that we have started an Aitsa mountain bike initiative that includes 20 children.  We would love to bring them to the event to be inspired and to dream about their future and the endless possibilities.”

Seen here:  Children from the Aitsa After Care Centre, Ilse Fortuin and Indiphile Makhanandana enjoying the sport of mountain biking.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Riders wanting to support the Aitsa After Care Centre can do so by either making a donation when entering the 2018 event or by supporting their sponsor a child programme for R300 per month.  For more information visit www.aitsa.org

Started in 1996, Prochorus is a community-based organisation that offers sustainable programmes to ensure that every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential socially, spiritually, intellectually, physically and emotionally. Through its various programmes, Prochorus journeys with individuals, families and communities from pre-school, right through their educational pathway during school years, supporting the poorest and vulnerable towards an interdependent and sustainable future.

“We are proud to be involved with Origin Of Trails,” says Jan Scannell, Prochorus Managing Director.  “Our Jonkershoek development cycling project beneficiaries will participate both in the mountain bike experience and trail run.  The event allows the children to be part of something big, and gives them the opportunity to dream of things possible, which they might not have seen in the past. Our riders and runners will get to test their strength and various skills learned on and off the bike. The social engagement with other participants is important as a bridge builder on many levels. It improves their social skills and confidence in general.”

Riders wanting to volunteer their skill and join in on training rides to help build the lives of these youngsters can contact Jan Scannell directly via jan.scannell@prochorus.org  For more information on Prochorus visit www.prochorus.org

An additional way to support both the Aitsa After Care Centre and Prochorus is through product donations.  There will be an Aitsa After Care Centre bin at registration where children’s second hand bicycles, cycling clothes, gloves and gear can be dropped off, while cycling equipment and/or bicycle donations for Prochorus can be dropped at Flandria Cycles in Stellenbosch.

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For more information or to enter the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience please contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.

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About Paiter Botha

Paiter’s running career started when he was 8. Since his early teens he’s been running cross coutry and road races and at the age of 12 ran his first full standard (42,2 km) marathon - the Voet of Africa Marathon - in a time of 3 hours and 20 minutes. At 18 he won the Junior section of the same marathon. Paiter was one of the top senior middle distance, cross coutry and road athletes in the Western Province in the 80’s and 90’s during his school and university careers running 4 min for the mile, 30 min for 10km and 66 min for 21km. Paiter stopped running competitively in 1994 to pursue his profession and later also started a family. Paiter started training seriously again and doing trail running after being invited by one of his old friends in January 2013 to team up with him in the 3 day AfricanX trail run that was held in Grabouw. Although his team mate had to pull out during the second leg of the race due to a calve injury, Paiter went on to finish as the third fastest Veteran in the competition in a combined time of 7 hours, 55 minutes for the three stages. On most weekends you will find Paiter in the mountains around his hometown of Paarl.

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