Cape Town, 25 February 2019 In 2018, ten differently-abled children from Warrior On Wheels Foundation, crossed the finish line of the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour, towed by able-bodied cyclists in specially manufactured buggies. This year, the NPO has grown its fleet, giving 15 young people ranging from 5 to 27 years old, and with varying disabilities, the experience of a lifetime as they tour the peninsula on Sunday 10 March 2019.
In an extension of their
partnership with Warrior On Wheels [WOW] in promoting universal access, Cape
Nature, who sponsored a buggy in 2018, have sponsored two new buggies in 2019,
and hosted their three teams for a special buggy rider retreat at their
Rocherpan Nature Reserve last week, establishing their support for the
initiative and their ongoing commitment to improving facilities for travellers
with disabilities in their reserves.
“CapeNature is honoured and proud to form part of this initiative. Providing universal access is at the core of what we promote. It is heart-warming that through this race we can give differently-abled children the joy of adventure. It does not only end with the Cycle Tour but with several other facilities available on our nature reserves with wheelchair access.” – Sheraaz Ismail (Director of Marketing & Eco-Tourism), 2018.
The WOW team will be exhibiting at the Cycle Tour Expo during Lifecycle Week alongside Cape Town Tourism for the third year. With buggies sponsored by CapeNature, Livewire Engineering, The Diamond Works, Cape Town Tourism, Pedal Power Association, and Enterprise Solutions 365, the Warrior On Wheels Foundation aims to promote universal access in tourism and sporting events while giving the gift of adventure to some brave children who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to participate in an event of this nature.
Join Warrior On Wheels and their Sponsors in Celebrating the Buggy Teams on 3 March 2019
The WOW Buggy Team will be enjoying their final group ride along the Sea Point promenade on Sunday 3rd March at 3pm, and will ride into the V&A Waterfront for a presentation of the buggies and celebration of the teams ahead of race day. You are invited to join the team in the amphitheatre from 16h30 to 17h30 to wish the warriors and their riders well.
History of the Buggy Teams
Speaking at the launch of Warrior
On Wheels Foundation in December 2015, Renée Jordaan, the former race director
of the Cape Town Cycle Tour said:
“They’re not the warriors on wheelchairs in the Cape Town Cycle Tour; they’re the Warriors on Wheels, just like 35,000 other cyclists.”
In 2012, Warrior On Wheels co-founder, Deirdré Gower, applied for permission to cycle in the tour with her son, Damian, in a buggy. Permission was denied but after engaging with the organizers, the rules were changed to include a category for buggy teams in 2013, allowing children with disabilities to take part. Since then, the number of buggy teams has increased yearly, with the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust going above and beyond to implement measures to ensure inclusion and safety for all.
Vision of Warrior On Wheels Foundation
Warrior On Wheels Foundation, a registered NPO and PBO, aims to uplift and empower children with disabilities by providing adventure activities, thereby changing perceptions of ability and bridging gaps between able-bodied and differently-abled communities. Through consulting with adventure providers and establishments within the tourism industry they are forging partnerships that promote accessibility for all abilities.
To arrange interviews with the team and to RSVP for the event, please call Deirdré Gower at 078 567 6689, or email firstname.lastname@example.org