With about 100 members, mostly between the ages of 19 and 23, the church has encouraged and motivated many cyclists to cross the finish line.
World Mission Society Church of God member Kusile Kewana approached the cycle tour organisers in 2010 to help them out with manning the water stations and they have been at it ever since.
“They place us at various stations and we bring a nice vibe to the event. As volunteers, we enjoy being part of such an amazing event and it warms our hearts to see how encouraged and loved the cyclists feel when they approach our stations.”
To make the event more enjoyable for all, the volunteers do a number of dances and musical performances.
“We have gained experience throughout the years and have orchestrated dance moves for this year’s 40th anniversary and we hope that the people will appreciate our contribution to the event.”
Based in Rondebosch, the church society is proud to support the event and they hope also to raise awareness to many charities supported by the cycle tour.
“We wish to expand and help out other initiatives, but this one is a great venture for us and we wish to do it for many more years,” she said.
There are about 434 water station staff and Coca-Cola crew to keep riders hydrated and about 275 security guards keep an eye on the cyclists.
Additionally, there are 766 marshals from various Rotary Clubs to direct cyclists along the route and monitor other road users, either from stationary positions or using the 41 dedicated vehicles.