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“Wheels of Opportunity” – Stellenbosch chemistry lecturer cycling 600km for student support
Author: Faculty of Science (media & communication)
Published: 14/03/2024

Dr. Marietjie Lutz, a first-year chemistry lecturer at Stellenbosch University, is embarking on an ambitious effort to raise funding for undergraduate BSc students facing financial challenges by cycling from George to Stellenbosch over the Easter weekend, covering 600 km in only six days.

Lutz says the inspiration for embarking on this project came after trying to find ways of helping a bright first-year BSc student attending her classes in 2022: “The student was on the brink of homelessness and food insecurity. Despite facing immense financial stress, this determined student excelled academically, demonstrating resilience and determination".

Lutz then realised she can use her passion for cycling – she has, inter alia, completed the Cape Epic in 2016 and 2017 – to empower students who are dedicated to their studies, but lack the financial resources to complete the journey.

With the support of her husband and four children, she will cycle mainly on gravel roads from George through the towns of Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp, Riversdal, Swellendam, and Greyton to Stellenbosch. This unique fund-raising effort will take place over the Easter weekend, from 29 March to 3 April 2024.

She invites individuals who share her vision of providing opportunities for promising students to contribute to this meaningful cause.

To support the "Wheels of Opportunity" initiative, interested individuals can donate through the GivenGain platform​ (click on this link to make a contribution). Every contribution, no matter how small, will make a significant impact on the lives of students striving for excellence against all odds. For those interested in participating or supporting the cause in any alternative manner, contact her directly at

 Together we can make a difference.

Event details: "Wheels of Opportunity: Cycling for Student Support"  (Click here to make a contribution)

Dates: March 29 to April 3, 2024

Route: George to Stellenbosch (via Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp, Riversdal, Swellendam, and Greyton)

Distance: Approximately 600 km in 6 days

​On the photo above, Dr Marietjie Lutz in front of her first year chemistry class in the General Chemistry building. Photo: Stefan Els