25 Feb Club Hosts Memorial Ride
Riders from the Kings Park Cycling Club took part in a memorial ride for Jared Dwyer, 36, and Richard da Silva, 46, along the Durban promenade last Friday. The duo, who were members of the cycling club, were killed in an accident in 2016 on the M4 near the Broadway off ramp. Present at the ride were some of the family members of Dwyer and Da Silva.
Dan en Park, chairman of Kings Park Cycling Club, said the ride was about celebrating life and cycling together. “We decided we wouldn’t ride to the site and we cycled along the promenade instead. For us as a club, it was about remembering Richard and Jared, celebrating their lives and cycling together. “We had a few members from the Cycle Specialists Cycling Club who lost one of their members in a tragic accident, offer their support and take part in the memorial ride. I think the cycling fraternity are a close knit community and its heartwarming to see how we all come together and offer that emotional support,” Park said.
Sonya Ferreira, the life partner of Richard da Silva, said she had drawn strength from the club and Pedal Power Association PPA who had pledged their support for herself and her family. “As a family we drove to the site where the accident occurred and laid a wreath of flowers. We held a moment of silence and it was a very emotional morning. I’m grateful to the community of cyclists and the PPA who have been a pillar of strength for me, their network of support has given me some form of comfort. “I think while the ride was about celebrating Richard and Jared’s lives we were also trying to raise awareness on cycling safety which I feel is vitally important,” she said.
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