Soviet Wine2Whales Team Hands Over Cheque to Alpha School

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07 December 2015: The Wine2Whales Soviet Team presents Alpha School for Autistic Learners with a cheque of R12 201.00, following a gruelling 3-day Mountain Bike Trail challenge. 

The 3-day MTB race started on 6 November 2015, with over 1300 racers taking part in the 212 km race from the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate to the beautiful town of Hermanus. Riders had the choice of riding in a personal capacity, or in order to raise awareness for a charity of their choice.

With a personal investment in the school (Achmat Joseph’s son attends the school), the riders welcomed the opportunity to raise funds that would allow the school to develop new projects and get more resources in order to support the children.
Soviet decided to sponsor 6 riders for the race in the bid to raise funds in support of the Alpha School for Autistic Learners. With many months of planning, training and hard work, the riders completed the race on 8 November.

“We have raised a fantastic amount of money that will go straight towards the Alpha School for Autistic Children, helping them in some their needs. But more than that, we have raised awareness for the School. Without events like this, the school cannot continue to offer specialist care to Autistic children in Woodstock." says Mr. Ashraf Kathrada, Owner of Soviet Concept Stores in Cape Town, and one of the team members for Soviet.

Nerina Kerns, Principal at Alpha School, was excited at the donation made, saying that it was greatly appreciated and that it showed the support from people across South Africa for the cause that she has worked so hard for.

"The was a major undertaking for a group of determined people, and they should be proud of the thoroughness and dedication they showed in order to achieve their goal. We are honoured to be associated with these heroes,” says Adrian Spence from Soviet Head Office.

Soviet provided each of the cyclists with a riding kit for the event, including clothing, tees, caps and a “chill zone” area for the riders and supporters. Each rider, in addition to paying for their own entry fees into the race, also donated R1 per kilometer that they completed. An impressive amount of R12 201 in total was collected through charity contributions from the public and organisations. Some donations are still outstanding, but are expected in time for the Holidays.

Soviet would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the contributions you have made, as well as your support and assistance towards our charity effort.

If you would like to contribute to our on-going efforts, please feel free to make a donation of any size to the Alpha School for Autistic Children in Woodstock. Banking details below.

Alpha School for Autistic Kids
First National Bank
Account Number: 50130041010
Branch Code: 201909