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Bannister Erasmus Pedals with Purpose at ABSA Cape Epic

Bannister Erasmus shares his reason for participating in the ABSA Cape Epic and raising funds for CANSA Active

Embarking on the Cape Epic has always been a thrilling challenge for me—a journey where the wheels of my bike turn not just for personal triumph, but also for a cause that resonates deeply within my being. Riding under the banner of CANSA Active has bestowed upon me a profound sense of privilege and purpose.

Cycling alongside like-minded individuals who share the same passion is a privilege, but aligning ourselves with the noble cause of fundraising through GivenGain for CANSA Active during the Cape Epic elevates our ride to a mission that transcends the trails. It is an active participation in the relentless battle against cancer, a cause that has become significantly more poignant in my own life over the past year.

The resonance of this cause hit close to home as I bid farewell to a dear friend who succumbed to this relentless disease. Simultaneously, my father’s diagnosis of lung cancer thrust our family into an unenviable struggle against an adversary that knows no mercy. In the face of personal grief and familial challenges, the GivenGain online fundraising project takes on a newfound significance—a beacon of hope, a promise to persevere, and a tribute to those we’ve lost.

Joining CANSA Active at the Cape Epic is not just about conquering the gruelling terrains of one of the toughest mountain bike races; it’s about becoming part of a tight-knit family—a tribe of warriors united by a shared mission and a collective commitment to making a difference. The GivenGain project is the thread that binds us together, weaving a tapestry of support and solidarity for those affected by cancer.

As I gear up for this year’s Cape Epic, my ride is no longer just a personal challenge; it’s a banner unfurled high in honour of those we’ve lost, a beacon of hope for those currently in the throes of battle, and a rallying cry for all who believe in the potency of collective action. My pedals turn with purpose, echoing the resilience of the human spirit.

I extend an invitation to each one of you to join me, to stand side by side with CANSA Active, and to pedal with purpose. Together, we can conquer not only the demanding climbs on the trail, but also the metaphorical ascents in the fight against cancer. Let our collective strength and determination prove that even against the harshest winds, the human spirit knows no bounds.

Onward and upward, together we ride for a cause greater than ourselves.