Benz sup­ports Lot­ter­ing tour

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MERCEDES-BENZ South Africa (MBSA) and its dealer part­ners are sup­port­ing Lau­reus Sport for Good Foun­da­tion South Africa am­bas­sador Grant Lot­ter­ing’s Im’Pos­si­ble Tour III and mis­sion to raise funds in aid of the Lau­reus Foun­da­tion South Africa, by do­nat­ing R1 mil­lion.

Mercedes-Benz South Africa is also ti­tle ve­hi­cle spon­sor for the Im’pos­si­ble Tour — a solo, non-stop, 1 000 km cy­cle chal­lenge through the French Alps in un­der 48 hours.

Mercedes-Benz is a proud coun­try pa­tron of the Lau­reus Sport for Good Foun­da­tion South Africa and has thrown its weight be­hind sur­vivor, speaker, ul­tra-en­durance cy­clist and Lau­reus Sport for Good am­bas­sador Lot­ter­ing, who will be on his third Im’pos­si­ble Tour.

In Au­gust, Lot­ter­ing will at­tempt a solo, 1 000 km ul­tra-en­durance cy­cle through the French Alps, cycling con­tin­u­ously for two days and two nights.

As part of the tour, Lot­ter­ing will be cycling over 20 alpine moun­tains, in­volv­ing 20 000 me­tres of climb­ing in the Alps. For fundrais­ing for the foun­da­tion in South Africa, he is sell­ing var­i­ous moun­tains to spon­sors and Mercedes-Benz South Africa and its dealer net­work part­ners took to the chal­lenge and jointly pledged R1 mil­lion.

This sup­port stems from Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s be­lief in Lau­reus’ mis­sion of “us­ing the power of sport as a tool for so­cial change”.

This mis­sion was in­spired by the words of the first pa­tron of Lau­reus, Nel­son Man­dela.

At the very first Lau­reus World Sports Awards in Monaco 2000, he said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to in­spire. It has the power to unite peo­ple in a way that lit­tle else does. It speaks to youth in a lan­guage they un­der­stand. Sport can cre­ate hope where once there was only de­spair.”

Co-CEO of MBSA and Lau­reus Sport for Good Foun­da­tion trustee mem­ber, Flo­rian Sei­dler, said: “At Mercedes-Benz South Africa, we take so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ex­tremely se­ri­ously and as a coun­try pa­tron in South Africa for the Lau­reus Sport for Good Foun­da­tion, we con­tinue to make a last­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the devel­op­ment of the youth of South Africa through sport, as­sist­ing pos­i­tive so­cial change in the com­mu­ni­ties where Lau­reus is ac­tive.”

MBSA is also the ti­tle ve­hi­cle spon­sor for Grant Lot­ter­ing’s Im’pos­si­ble Tour III. The ve­hi­cle spon­sor­ship en­tails a V-Class and a Vito Tourer that will ac­com­pany Grant on his ul­tra-en­durance trip to achieve the Im’pos­si­ble. — Sup­plied.

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