Booyens and Laws to pedal for pups


The Absa Cape Epic, the legendary eight-day team stage race, attracts the world’s most accomplished and seasoned riders and will take place from 17 to 24 March this year. Hanlie Booyens, who lives and trains in Stellenbosch, will be participating with Sharon Laws as team Pragma Volcan Ladies.

Both are passionate about animals and will be Pedalling for Pups in support of African Tails. Says Booyens: “Both Sharon and I love animals and can’t tolerate it when animals are abused or not taken care of. They are so dependent on the people around them and can’t speak up for themselves. African Tails is an organisation that does wonderful work in the less privileged areas.”

Funds raised will mainly be used for sterilisation in order to address the issue of over population. Booyens continues: “Funds will also be used for medical treatment as well as finding new loving homes. As little as R200 can pay for a sterilisation and it’s literally a case of every cent makes a difference. Don’t think about it – just do it! You can make a real difference to the lives of these dogs, so back a winning tail. For street dogs it really is a dog’s life, but you can help make it beautiful!”

Interested parties can donate R100 per km to help them reach their target of R70 000. Visit, click on the ‘sponsor me now’ button, complete your details, sponsorship amount and pay securely via credit card or EFT.

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Image Caption:

VILLIERSDORP, SOUTH AFRICA – Ladies leaders and Stage winners Sharon Laws and Hanlie Booyens during stage two, of the Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race held in Villiersdorp on the 23 March 2009 in the Western Cape, South Africa. Photo by Sven Martin /SPORTZPICS