During October and November, 24 local cyclists took part in Operation Smile’s global Cycle for Smiles, to raise funds to help transform the lives of children born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate.

The cyclists, most of whom were from Cape Town cycle club, Cyclewize, raised funds from family and friends by riding 400km in 40 days. Some rode double the distance, and one cyclist clocked up 1000km.

Thanks to their incredible efforts, the cyclists completely smashed our R55000 target, raising a total of R80458 for Operation Smile.

Cycle for SmilesSaid Cyclewize Chairman, Chris King: “As a club, we recognise the daily challenges faced by children with cleft conditions, and their families. Through our Cycle for Smiles challenge, we want to make a difference in their lives by raising funds for life-changing surgery”.

Cycle for Smiles is a global series of cycling rides across more than 20 countries that raises funds to support Operation Smile.

Combining passion, determination and community, Cycle for Smiles celebrates Operation Smile’s 40 years of transforming children’s lives around the world through comprehensive cleft care. To date, 600 registered participants have ridden over 33,800km.


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