Aitsa and Prochorus set to shine at Origin Of Trails

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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.”

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 [email protected]  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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