Cycling Tygerberg docs raise R66 000 for clubfoot

Tygerberg Hospital orthopaedic surgeons, back from left, Johan le Roux and Renier Kriel, and, in front, Tino-Vito Orlandi, Hentas van Zyl and Donnavan Foxcroft after they completed the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Tygerberg Hospital’s cycling team of orthopaedic surgeons can hold their heads high after tackling a rainy Cape Town Cycle Tour to raise R66 000 for clubfoot treatment.

The 26-member team comprised young and old cyclists, some doing their tenth race, some their first, according to Dr Renier Kriel, an orthopaedic registrar at Tygerberg Hospital.

“Clubfoot treatment is very fulfilling, as we see how children progress from immobility to mobility. So it seemed apt to us to raise funds through something that demands physical mobility like the Cape Town Cycle Tour,” said Dr Krier prior to tackling his second Cape Town Cycle Tour.

The funds raised will help 26 children born with clubfoot, through the STEPS Clubfoot Care support programme.

STEPS is a non-profit organisation that supports babies born with clubfoot.

Clubfoot is when a baby is born with one or both feet twisted downwards and inwards, in a rigid position. It’s the most common musculoskeletal birth defect globally.

Nomsa Afrika and Nate van Wyk also completed their Cape Town Cycle Tour for the first time in support of clubfoot treatment.