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Avela

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Words cannot describe the devastation we feel as an academy. Last Friday afternoon, Avela Matem, a member of our academy was hit by a stray bullet while commuting from school in a taxi.

The bullet shattered his skull and left fragments in his brain which can't be removed. Avela is in a medically induced coma and doctor's fear that he will be paralysed.

Widely regarded as a younger brother by the senior riders, he had a promising cycling career ahead of him. Last year Avela had the great honour of capping Michael Valgren of pro team NTT, and spending time with the team ahead of the Tour de France.

In a poignant coincidence, last Friday was also Michael Valgren's birthday. Avela no doubt has a long road to recovery ahead of him and we would like to raise enough funds to assist his parents with hospital bills as well as cover physio and other rehabilitation costs after his hospital stay.

Reaching our target means that we can ensure Avela receives all the necessary support while in hospital and afterwards when he will need help during his recovers.

 

Donations

  • May 18, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Very best wishes

    " - Cape Talk listener

  • May 18, 2020 - R 5 012.00
  • "

    I heard the interview on CapeTalk. Good luck with the healing and do us proud on your bike..

    " - Craig

  • May 15, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "I listened to the interviwe on Cape Talk this afternoon. Keep fighting Avela" - Zaid Tresham

  • May 15, 2020 - R 420.00
  • "What an amazing young man." - Erlangsen

  • Apr 16, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "xx" - Taryn

  • Mar 08, 2020 - USD $ 119.25
  • "BIG UP AVELA!" - Anonymus

  • Mar 04, 2020 - R 52.50
  • "best wishes for a speedy recovery" - Pete Grobler

  • Mar 02, 2020 - R 60.00
  • "

    Avela, van n 80jarige fietsryer wat in 2020 sy laaste CTCT ry, GLO ek dat jou herstel so sal wees dat jy meer as CTCT sal ry. Sterkte!

    " - Dawid Erasmus

  • Mar 02, 2020 - R 260.00
  • "

    All the best, we know that you will come back stronger and hope to see you back on your bike in minimum time!

    " - Esrick Bull

  • Mar 01, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "Avela, we are praying for a full recovery for you. May God bless and watch over you. " - Anonymous

  • Feb 28, 2020 - R 1 028.20
  • "Wishing you a speedy and full recovery " - Anon

  • Feb 27, 2020 - R 308.46
  • "all the best wishes for a full recovery" - Gigi Bisogno

  • Feb 27, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "Best wishes for a speedy recovery" - Anonymous

  • Feb 27, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery, bro!" - Tembile

  • Feb 27, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "Get well soon" - Alan

  • Feb 22, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "I heard about this through someone who only has wonderful things to say about Avela. We will continue to pray for him and his family during this difficult time" - Stephen

  • Feb 20, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending you healing angels Avela " - Mosima

  • Feb 20, 2020 - USD $ 34.41
  • "" - Javier

  • Feb 20, 2020 - R 514.10
  • "Recover young champ and get back on a bike!" - Ntlanga

  • Feb 19, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "Avela, I hope together we can all turn this tragedy into your rebirth ?" - Lu

  • Feb 19, 2020 - USD $ 139.79
  • "Your energy its such an inspiration for all of us! WE RIDE TOGETHER BRO" - Anonymous

  • Feb 17, 2020 - USD $ 35.39
  • "get well soon!" - s

  • Feb 16, 2020 - R 51.41
  • "Keep fighting champ!" - Martin

  • Feb 16, 2020 - USD $ 70.78
  • "Canada is with you, stay strong..." - Nina

  • Feb 15, 2020 - USD $ 31.56
  • "Speedy recovery xx " - Victoria Montague

  • Feb 14, 2020 - USD $ 100.12
  • "All of our thoughts and love are with you " - Sarah Lent

  • Feb 14, 2020 - USD $ 14.17
  • "Avela, thinking of you from Ben King's home state of Virginia. " - Aric

  • Feb 14, 2020 - USD $ 80.03
  • "Keep fighting " - Gaspa & Anna

  • Feb 14, 2020 - USD $ 70.87
  • "Fight hard Avela - we will see you soon back in the LaunchPad!" - Amy and Chris Stokes

  • Feb 14, 2020 - USD $ 70.87
  • "Be strong Avela, sending love from the UK x" - Jane

  • Feb 14, 2020 - USD $ 35.43
  • "Hope each day finds you stronger " - Anonymous

  • Feb 13, 2020 - USD $ 26.43
  • "Stay strong, the world is with you " - Charles Horn

  • Feb 13, 2020 - USD $ 67.68
  • "Avela, we are rooting for you and praying for you. Be strong! " - Ben & Jenna King

  • Feb 13, 2020 - USD $ 14.24
  • "Thinking of you and your family. Sending loads of love " - Mia Anfield

  • Feb 13, 2020 - USD $ 14.24
  • "Life is so precious, so a reminder to each of us to keep living each day to the fullest. Avela, fight the good fight young man! Strength to the family & friends" - Patrick

  • Feb 13, 2020 - USD $ 71.20
  • "Stay strong and keep fighting Avela " - Ruth

  • Feb 13, 2020 - USD $ 13.54
  • "hope his recovery. I want to see him back on the saddle someday." - Anonymous

  • Feb 13, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "His Will shall be done, always. And we reminded by Paul that we shall rejoice in every situation. All is well young man. " - Anonymous

  • Feb 13, 2020 - R 1 028.20
  • "I remember how nice it was to have you at the start of the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Brussels. I am sad with what has happened. Stay strong to you and your family!!!" - Reinardt Janse van Rensburg

  • Feb 13, 2020 - USD $ 67.68
  • "We have never met Avela but we are very sad to hear this horrible news. We hope you full recorvery. Sending you best wishes from JAPAN." - S/T.Iribe

  • Feb 13, 2020 - USD $ 67.68
  • "Such sad news. Pulling for you from Australia. " - Dan

  • Feb 12, 2020 - R 508.75
  • "Stay strong " - N/A

  • Feb 12, 2020 - USD $ 54.21
  • "I have never met Avela but this story is so tragic. He sounds like a wonderful boy. Sending love and solidarity from the Uk" - Alice

  • Feb 12, 2020 - USD $ 113.92
  • "Avela, we’d love to see you make a full recovery and get back to cycling again!" - Craig + Jamaica

  • Feb 12, 2020 - USD $ 14.13
  • "Stay strong Avela, sending you best wishes from the UK" - Liam Brannon

  • Feb 12, 2020 - USD $ 70.64
  • "Keep fighting Avela! " - Rob vd Brand

  • Feb 12, 2020 - USD $ 211.94
  • "When it’s dark look for stars x " - Charlotte

  • Feb 12, 2020 - R 257.05
  • "Praying for you, Avela" - Anonymous

  • Feb 12, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "We just want to see you back on your bike. " - Andy

  • Feb 12, 2020 - R 1 028.20
  • "Praying for a miracle." - Bruce Anderson

  • Feb 12, 2020 - R 1 028.20
  • "Hoping and praying for an outcome that’ll give Avela another chance at a good life" - Tracey

  • Feb 12, 2020 - USD $ 70.64
  • "Strength and courage to you and your family, Avela. " - Anonymous

  • Feb 12, 2020 - USD $ 56.97
  • "Keep fighting Champ!" - Gino VO

  • Feb 12, 2020 - USD $ 70.64
  • "All I can say is keep fighting Avela " - Jay Thomson

  • Feb 12, 2020 - R 508.75
  • "Believe" - Ricky

  • Feb 12, 2020 - R 514.10
  • "Stay strong! " - Zenzo

  • Feb 12, 2020 - USD $ 63.12
  • "praying for you!" - Michael Gogl

  • Feb 12, 2020 - R 1 028.20
  • "Praying for you Avela" - Doug Ryder

  • Feb 12, 2020 - USD $ 53.72
  • "No words. We love you bro. " - Dan Barreri

  • Feb 12, 2020 - R 508.75
  • "Avela. We met at the Tour de France last year and you beamed with excitement as the opportunity unfolded for those days in Brussels. I wish you strength and courage in the coming days, weeks, months. " - Luke Pallett

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Donations to date

R 49 507.63

Fundraising target

R 120 000.00
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Avela Matam Medical Cause 2020

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Last Friday afternoon, Avela Matem, a member of our academy was hit by a stray bullet while commuting from school in a taxi. The bullet shattered his skull and left fragments in his brain which can't be removed.