Absa Gives Back at Epic
excited to once again announce its title sponsorship of the 2013 edition of the
Absa Cape Epic.
delighted at the success and growth of this proudly South African, world-class
mountain bike stage race and we are honoured to be part of the 10th
anniversary of this event,” says Lynn Naude, General Manager Absa Sponsorships
Team Absa During the 2012 Absa Cape Epic
Absa’s partnership with the Absa Cape Epic, the bank aims to promote the sport
of mountain biking in South Africa and strives to reinforce the organisation’s
commitment to the development of sport in South Africa as a key sponsorship
addition to this, Absa is proud to be associated with a sporting event that
serves as such a wide platform for raising funds for charitable causes.
contribution to the 2012 fund raising efforts came firstly in the in the form
of Team Absa, a group of 10 riders including sports personalities, celebrities
and Absa employees. Each rider in the team rode in the Absa colours on behalf
of a charity of their choice and Absa donated a daily sum for each stage of the
race completed by the rider.
Jack Stroucken, Absa Employee and five time Absa Cape Epic finisher, rode
on behalf of Rotary Morningside and donated his funds to the Kwena
Molapo High School in Lanseria, who will use the contribution towards the much
needed development of their school sports field.
Joel Stransky and Max Gebhardt
Joel Stransky, rugby
legend turned businessman and SuperSport commentator, has used the money to
further fund the LumoHawk projects, a charity organisation borne from Joel’s
ongoing participation in the Absa Cape Epic and named after his red Mohawk
cycling helmet. The funds have purchased winter school kit and shoes for 8 HIV
orphans and will also contribute to the costs of their education. Another
allocation of the funds raised will go to the training of 3 child minders at an
orphanage where these ladies are responsible for looking after and teaching the
children in a home-school structure.
The last recipient of the funding is David Mtshali, a 23 year old cancer
survivor who LumoHawk is sponsoring to attend advertising school.
Max Gebhardt, Deputy Editor of the Financial Mail, supported Rally to
READ with his first time participation in the race. Rally to
READ is a CSI project which is managed by The READ Educational Trust in
conjunction with Financial Mail. The project raises money to fund school aids,
feeding schemes, scholarships and sports equipment for underprivileged schools.
Max used the money raised from completing 2012 Absa Cape Epic to contribute to
the purchase of a READ educational box filled with books, which was delivered
along with a host of other equipment to the Schoemansdale primary school near
Malelane, Mpumalanga last month.
charities that will benefit from Team Absa’s participation include Cotlands
(Clayton Duckworth), DARG (Vanessa Haywood), Missing Children South Africa
(Nico Panagio and Sean Kristafor), CANSA (Ernst Viljoen), The Star’s Seaside
Fund (Kevin McCallum), and the JAG Foundation (Elana Meyer). The handovers to
these organisations will be taking place over the next two months.
Elana Meyer and Ernst Viljoen
Team Absa, together with 10 other riders including TV Presenter Michael Mol,
Kfm Radio’s Deon Bing, and former Springbok rugby player Tiaan Strauss,
competed against each other and the clock for charity in the Absa Relay
Spinathon which took place at the V&A Waterfront on 24th March
ahead of the start of the 2012 Absa Cape Epic. Missing Children South Africa
and the JAG Foundation both benefited from the riders’ efforts on the day.
Absa Relay Spinathon
gave an additional R 30,000.00 to the JAG Foundation, a key beneficiary of the
Absa Cape Epic race.
Absa donated R 20,000.00 to the Green Mountain Eco Route Trust in the Western
Cape earlier this year while Team Absa were on their training camp.
Mountain Eco Route is the world’s first biodiversity wine route, and formed a
critical part of the 2012 Absa Cape Epic race route. This marks the third
consecutive year that Absa has made a financial contribution to the project,
which emphasises the bank’s commitment to environmental sustainability and the
preservation of South Africa’s natural heritage.
always strives to give back to the communities within which we operate. It
gives us great pleasure to get involved in the Absa Cape Epic initiative, not
only to support the communities in the area, but also to reach a number of
worthy causes across South Africa through the participation and dedication of Team
Absa,” Naude continues.
forward to a hugely successful 2013 Absa Cape Epic together with Kevin Vermaak-
founder of the Absa Cape Epic- and the organisers, and we endeavour to continue
making meaningful contributions to charity organisations through the platform
of the race,” she concludes.