Charities

We believe in giving back and our chosen charity to support is BLOOM – a school for children with special needs in Salt Rock, KZN.

We will work closely with BLOOM throughout the event, involving them wherever possible. We will donate part of the entry fee and race profits as well as work closely with these amazing people to maximise the charity element of The Midlands. Some of these platforms include a race entry for a raffle and a race entry for the BLOOM Golf Day auction. We will also be working in conjunction with BLOOM with merchandising which will be sold through ROAG’s entry portal and profits will be shared between BLOOM and the event.

When we get a title sponsor – we will use a portion of the sponsorship to enrol an underprivileged child to study at Howick High School.

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Bloom Centre is a non-profit organization which exists to service a wide range of special needs learners within Ballito and the surrounding areas. Bloom places high value on integration and have incorporated mainstream learners into our daily environment to aid learning and social development.

Bloom is a Christian-based school that is founded on Christian values and principles.

Bloom Centre strives to create an environment that meets each child’s individual needs, giving them opportunities to grow and learn skills which can later serve to integrate each learner into society. Bloom stands for love, compassion, unconditional acceptance, and valuing the gold in each person.
Bloom is passionate about seeing each learner reach their full potential and have as many opportunities in life as possible.

Bloom serves our special needs learners with a child-specific learning programme, and offer support to their families. Bloom caters for a wide range of learners with special needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, various chromosomal abnormalities, cerebral palsy, hearing impairments, as well as non-specified learning disabilities.

How to Donate to Bloom:

Bloom is a registered NPO so if your company would like to get involved in sponsoring them, they are able to provide you with a section 18A tax exemption certificate in return for your financial support.

For companies wanting more information on sponsoring an underprivileged Special Needs Child and helping with your BEE status, Bloom has their “Sponsor a Child Programme” with incredible children waiting to be given an opportunity that would change their lives forever! For more information please email Bloom on info@bloomcentre.co.za

Alternatively, you can donate monthly to the school or once off with Zapper. Bloom values and appreciates all contributions that help them to run and improve their beautiful centre.

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Development Rider

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Sanele Shabalala

My name is Sanele Shabalala, 26 years old I was born in Winterton in the Cathkin Valley. I went to Champagne Valley primary school and finished my matric at Amahlubi Secondary school.

I started cycling 2008 riding my brother’s  bicycle to get to school because the was no taxis go to school. And I didn’t know that one day I will race. In 2010 I started working with Iain from Mountain Splendor resort. That’s where I started racing with Iain doing the madman series. From there I started racing properly getting good results.

In 2015 I moved down to Ballito and started working at Zululand Cycle’s. Meeting new people making good friends. And I was racing in local races here. One of my best results was in March 2018 racing the Trans Drak race and placing 2nd place overall in 147km. And then in June 2018 my highlight was winning the solo category of the Two Day Midlands MTB Stage Race where I was 1st solo overall.

I’m very happy with the performance at the moment. Thanks to everyone supporting me special my girlfriend she so supportive on making sure I don’t miss out on my training. Thank you also to local entrepreneur Dondon Hill for sponsoring my entry and to race organiser Johnny St Clair Gibson for paying for my accommodation at the race. I am looking forward to competing in The Midlands MTB Stage Race 2019.

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