Pre-argus MAD charity Cocktail Function with renowned 5-times Tour de France winner, Eddy Merckx at Klein Constantia

Cycling: Team OPQS 2014

The Klein Constantia MAD CHARITY™ Cocktail Function with Eddy Merckx and the Omega-Pharma Quick-Step Tour de France Pro Cycling Team, is set to take place on Friday 7th March 2014 at Klein Constantia Estate, Constantia in Cape Town, and tickets have been made available to the public for sale.

The event will provide a unique opportunity to meet Eddy Merckx, known as “the most accomplished rider that cycling has ever known”, in person, as well as the rest of his Pro Cycling team. Merckx, who turned professional in 1965, won the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia five times each, and the Vuelta a España once. He also won all of professional cycling’s classic “monument” races at least twice each (with 19 Classics victories in all). Merckx was World Champion once as an amateur and three times as a professional, and he broke the world hour record before retiring in 1978.

Founded in 2003 by Francios Pienaar and a group of friends, the MAD CHARITYᵀᴹ (Make A Difference) hold the strong belief in the future of this beautiful country – South Africa – and the endless potential it holds. This year’s MAD CHARITY™ Project has a unique call-to-action in that it invites all cycling enthusiasts to ride in a peloton alongside one of the best cyclists of all time, Eddy Merckx.

In a further effort to raise funds for the MAD CHARITY™, the project, which gives academically talented but economically disadvantaged youth in South Africa an opportunity to reach their full potential as leaders and role models, will be auctioning up a fantastic line-up of experiences, such as a fully sponsored trip for two to The Tour de France to follow the Omega Pharma Quick-Step Pro Team in the race. This once in a lifetime opportunity was generously sponsored by the new owners of Klein Constantia and joins the amazing line-up of prizes to be auctioned on the evening of the Charity event.

  •  Fully sponsored trip for two to the Tour de France – sponsored by the owners of Klein Constantia.
  • A weekend away to the 5-star Royal Malewane, The Birkenhead and La Residence – sponsored by The Royal Portfolio.
  •  A top of the range road bike from Specialized Bikes.
  • A wine hamper from Klein Constantia.
  • Cycle memorabilia from Eddie Merckx.
  • Donald Greig Bronze sculptures.

The MAD CHARITY™ strives to embark on different challenges to make a difference and assist in promoting a better South Africa for all. All proceeds of the charity event and auction will be donated to MAD CHARITY™’s Education Programme, which provides scholarships and bursaries to academically talented youngsters from financially less fortunate circumstances.

As the MAD CHARITY™’s Founder Francois Pienaar explains – he is inspired by the words of former President Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world.”

Hosted by KFM’s ever so popular Ryan O’ Connor entertained by the beautiful and talented Louise Carver, and the opportunity to meet Eddy Merckx himself, guests are sure to have a never to be forgotten evening.


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