‘Cycle to South Africa’ Fundraising Initiative

On Thursday 17th December Grosvenor continued its incredible series of charitable initiatives when a number of its A2 Sports Science students hosted the inaugural ‘Cycle to South Africa’ event in the William Moles Hall.

The event was organised by Upper Sixth students Abbey Walker, Becky McDonald, Melissa Hooks, Jack Bond and Lex Walker and featured a total of 62 pupils in forms Four – Upper Sixth, all of whom are due to participate in the School’s Rugby and Hockey tour to South Africa this summer, as well as 15 courageous members of staff.

In addition pupils were also afforded the option to pay to watch the event during lunchtime, when they also got the opportunity to meet Ulster rugby stars Ruan Pienaar, Darren Cave and Paul Marshall, all of whom kindly made the effort to support the initiative through their attendance.

The aim of the day was for all participants to cumulatively cycle the equivalent distance from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, with the event so far having raised £3000 for the School’s summer 2016 tour, as well as £250 for Sports Academy, George - a non-profit ministry based in George, South Africa.

This latest charity-related event comes after the pupils of the School raised over £7500 during the 2015 ‘Colour Dash’ the previous day, meaning that the school is already well on its way to reaching it fundraising target of £12000 for the year.

Well done to Grosvenor teacher Mr Andrew Gibson who helped to oversee the event, all of the pupils who worked so hard in organising it, as well as the various pupils and members of staff who exerted themselves on the day; we now wish Abbey, Becky, Melissa, Jack and Lex the best of luck as they continue their A2 studies and hope that their hard work transfers into impressive grades come August 2016.   



Grosvenor Principal Dr. Frances Vasey (fourth from right) alongside Ulster rugby stars Ruan Pienaar, Paul Marshall and Darren Cave, as well as a number of the School's teaching staff, following their participation in the 'Cycle to South Africa' fundraising event on Thursday 17th December.