South African “spinning” record holder exceeds charity challenge

Clint Eberhardt, South African “spinning” champion, cycled for charity at the Project Hope Family Fun Day on Saturday, August 15, 2015. (PHOTO: Project Hope)

South African “spinning” record holder, Clint Eberhardt, pushed his body to its limit on Saturday, August 15, 2015, when he cycled for more than 12 hours at the Project Hope Family Fun Day in Port Elizabeth.

“Clint did so well! His target was 250 kilometres and he did 359 kilometres!” said Project Hope Project Manager, Madge Blignaut, of Eberhardt’s extreme stationary cycle feat to raise funds for children struck by poverty and hunger in the Northern Areas of PE.

Project Hope Project Manager, Madge Blignaut, dishes out the prizes after the various fun activities that took place. (PHOTO: Project Hope)

 Eberhardt allowed himself only one high carb meal instead of the 12 his body would have needed in order for him to safely complete an event of this proportion.

In an interview with Gateway News, he shared that his “hunger strike” was his way of highlighting the dire need of children who often only get one meal a day. In a brave move, the spinner also declined to wear the kidney belt needed in order to protect his lower organs during the intense event.

Project Hope’s Blignaut who assists with running the non profit organisation that clothes and feeds more than 400 underprivileged children from the Northern Areas on a weekly basis said: “We collected R18 750!” 

Potjie Kings: Paul Mccarthy (left) and Emmanuel Eagle (right) proudly displaying their entries into the potjiekos competition. (PHOTO: Project Hope)

“The highlight of the day was definitely Clint going 109 kilometres over his target.”

The ‘Family Fun Day’ was well attended with more than 100 people taking part in the various sports and activities that were featured, including a build up towards a potjiekos competition that was won by Michelle de Bruin.

To find out how you can donate or get involved with Project Hope, you can visit their website or contact Madge Blignaut at madge.blignaut@gmail.com 

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