Together with the Africa Foundation, the TransCape MTB race has embraced a number of charity projects this year to continue its aim of giving back to the community.
The third edition of the seven-day mountain biking journey from the hamlet of Knysna to Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands takes place from February 5 to 11 over a distance of about 650km.
Riders are set for a first-class experience, but will also have a chance to assist the poor as the organisers encourage them to support the various projects.
Despite the logistics involved in organising an event of this nature, race founders Lenore and Wayne Collett are determined to maintain the charity aspect.
“We have teamed up with the Africa Foundation, having seen the fantastic work they were doing in various community projects,” said (Lenore) Collett.
A non-profit organisation, the Africa Foundation aim to uplift those living in poor rural communities, while also working towards conservation in South Africa.
Collett said two of the projects for which this year’s TransCape would raise funds were a bursary programme run through the Community Leaders Education Fund (CLEF) and installing ablution facilities at the Bilton High School in Mpumalanga.
“We want to give the many young people in our rural areas the chance of getting a tertiary education.
“In addition, we are aiming to create a healthy school environment and in doing so give pupils access to the education facilities they deserve.”
The bursary programme cost is R43 500 per individual annually, while the installation of ablution facilities at Bilton High in the form of Enviroloos will need R330 000.
“Africa Foundation have a very good management system and companies who contribute are able to receive tax benefits, so it is easier for corporates,” said Collett.
The TransCape, which was acquired by ASG Events last year, will also assist the Calitzdorp High School.
Collett said children who attended the school often had very little materially speaking and they raised funds to make donations to the school.
“The school has supported the event since its inception, with the pupils helping out at the venues and with the various functions. They are an awesome team to work with.”
Collett said they would raise these funds by promoting the project during the event and encouraging participants to make donations.
She added they would have a charity auction at Greyton on the Thursday with a three-night stay at the Ngala Safari Lodge in Mpumalanga as the prize.