Cape Town - The TransCape MTB
Encounter, a seven-day, 614km race to be held next month, will be part of a
concerted drive to support Africa Foundation.
The event begins in Knysna on February 4 and ends in Franschhoek in
the Western Cape on the tenth.
Now in its fourth year, the
race is an ideal opportunity to generate funds for people in need.
Race founder Lenore Collett
says raising money for charity has become an integral part of the race and the
organisers will continue those efforts.
year we are focusing on raising funds for Africa Foundation, an organisation I
have been involved with for 10 years and which is very close to my heart," she said this week.
Foundation is the charity arm of And Beyond, who own luxury safari lodges
"The organisation's main objective was to empower, in various ways, the
communities that surround their reserves,"
build schools, install enviro toilets and create bursary programmes for
learners. Conservation is also a huge part of their focus.
ties in with our ideals, of having a passion for conservation in the country
and empowering people as much as possible."
Collett said their aim was to
raise R250 000 this year.
Specific projects under Africa
Foundation's umbrella will be chosen once they know how much
money will be available.
will have brochures that will be handed out to the (270) riders during the
race, and Gerald de Kock and his fellow MCs will promote the charity
throughout," she said.
will sit down soon to decide on specific strategies for the fund-raising during
the seven days."
Africa Foundation chief
executive Francois Peenz said it was extremely important for them to have the
support of events such as the TransCape.
projects are identified by communities, and agreed upon in consultation with
our regional teams," he said.
it is only through the support of donors that the projects can be funded and
become a reality.
groups like TransCape raising funds and spreading the word of our organisation,
we could not exist and support the development of communities and the
preservation of Africa's areas of natural
Peenz said Africa Foundation
was a non-profit organisation whose purpose was to uplift, up-skill and empower
identified rural communities living near core conservation areas in Africa.
a holistic approach to community development, we support projects within four
core focus areas - education, healthcare,
livelihoods development and conservation.
believe that supporting communities in their development leads to sustainable
conservation, which is critical to the preservation of Africa's wildlife and areas of natural beauty."
He said the organisation
produced a project menu for each region in which it operated, based on the
needs identified and prioritised by the communities.
this list, donors can select a project that they feel most compelled to support
or they can donate towards a priority project in a region of their choice or
focus area," he said.
Foundation's inclusive methodology ensures communities' needs are met in consultation with their leaders, the
relevant arms of government and the specifications of our donors," said Peenz.