Syntech’s Superheroes Ride The Argus For The Starfish Foundation.
Syntech, an IT hardware distributor, announced its’ support of the Starfish Great hearts Foundation today, by declaring that members of Syntech and affiliates will ride the Argus in Superhero gear this Sunday.
“Wonderwoman” Tracy Gibb says that “I love being able to help Starfish in any way I can. It brings life, hope and opportunity to children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in South Africa.” With regards to the Argus, she adds “I rode my first Argus in high school. My dad said he didn’t think I could do 10 in a row. Challenge accepted! I am now on my 16th Argus and counting (I’ve completed 15). I love the cycle route and the support of the crowd. It’s a great experience that everyone should try at least once.”
Starfish embraces the concept that “anyone, anywhere can make a difference – one child at a time!” It is founded on the principle that individuals have the power to make a difference, staff members continue to be inspired on a daily basis by the incredible resilience of the children Starfish supports. In the last 11 years, thousands of people across the globe have embraced the Starfish vision, with over 22 000 children being supported through 45 Community-based organisations. “There is a superhero in each one of us, only some are brave enough to wear the outfit, ” says Lorin Edgar, Fundraising manager for Starfish. “We have found the spirit of the Greatheart in each of the Syntech super heroes and wish them well on their mission.”
“Green Power Ranger” Ryan Martyn, Director of Syntech, states that his motivation for riding the Argus “is to increase the visibility of Starfish in South Africa.” Staged on Sunday 10th March 2013, the Argus (the country’s biggest one-day sporting event) is a major international drawcard. “I love the excitement this generates for the Starfish children. It’s a perfect opportunity to have fun with friends while riding, and make a small difference” says Martyn. “We challenge the community to get involved.” You can donate funds to the Starfish Greathearts Foundation by visiting http://www.backabuddy.co.za/syntechs-superheroes.
“It’s great fun to spend time with mates, do a little exercising and celebrating all whilst raising money for a good cause! The support we receive is also inspirational!” comments “Ninja Turtle – Raphael” Robbie Gibb. “Beautiful scenery, a great atmosphere, a well-supported and well organised event combined with the world’s largest timed cycle race – you can’t beat it. There’s a great after-party too!”
About the Starfish Foundation
It is now 31 years since the virus was first discovered, and 11 years since Starfish joined the fight to turn the tide on AIDS. Since being identified, AIDS has killed more than 30 million people around the world and today, a further 34 million are living with HIV. It has left a generation of children to grow up without mothers, fathers, or teachers.
Whilst great strides have been made in terms of prevention and treatment, with more than 5 million people in sub-Saharan African now accessing treatment, the number of children orphaned by AIDS in the communities we serve continues to rise; over 2 million across South Africa alone, of whom over 500, 000 are themselves infected. These colossal numbers can be difficult to take in, but in the face of such overwhelming statistics, our work is more vital than ever before. That’s why at Starfish we work from the ground up, facilitating local partners to make a difference in their own community and deliver quality holistic care.
About the Argus Cycle Tour
South Africa’s Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, the world’s largest individually timed cycle race – and the first event outside Europe to be included in the International Cycling Union’s Golden Bike Series – sees over 35 000 cyclists tackling a 109km route around Cape Town that is as spectacular as it is gruelling.