Riding for Charity – Stacey Holland
The Cape Town Cycle Tour is owned and staged by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust and it is the largest, timed cycling event in the world. But for TV Presenter, Stacey Holland, this particular event holds a special meaning to her, as she rides for a cause!
It celebrates its 40th year in 2017 when, on the morning of Sunday, 12 March, 35 000 cyclists will line up to ride the 109km route through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery that includes the iconic Table Mountain as a backdrop.
When she’s not gracing our TV screens, she’s dedicated to health and fitness, and we admire her for this!
Stacey Holland: I’ve wanted to ride the race having done two 94.7s and so when Adam Deane from the Spur Foundation asked me to ride for The Full Tummy Fund I thought what a great opportunity. I absolutely love taking part in charity initiatives and combined with my love of sport it was a no brainer!
– What is your charity of choice, and why is this important to you to support them?
Stacey Holland: As someone who works in Health and Nutrition you could say that a huge part of my job centres around obsessing with food: what to eat, what not to eat etc but the harsh reality is that many in our country don’t get that luxury. They simply don’t have that choice and the most vulnerable in our society— our children— are faced with the daily challenge of severe hunger. That’s not right but something can be done about it. The Full Tummy Fund are doing just that!
– What do you hope to achieve by taking part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour?
Stacey Holland: Having worked for and with an NGO for many years, I understand how tough it is to get exposure for the work that you do. Without the necessary exposure, it’s hard to garner the support and funding for the ultimate purpose of helping those in need. So I hope to raise funds for the Full Tummy Fund as well as help create awareness around the work that they do.
– How can people show their support?
Stacey Holland: I’m trying to raise R5000 for the fund. People can make a donation via this link. It’s that simple!
– How have you prepped for the race?
Stacey Holland: It’s been a while since I’ve been back in the bike but there’s no better training than sessions at Ampt in Bryanston with Simone Jacobs. It’s high-intensity interval training including watt bike elements and it’s a great way to prepare for cycling events.