DHL pays it for­ward in Africa through rugby

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - BF GOODRICH -

As part of the build- up to the Rugby World Cup 2015 in Eng­land, the ‘ DHL Africa as One’ tour will see the team pass a sin­gle rugby ball from hand to hand while in­tro­duc­ing Africa to the game of rugby. The seven- strong team left Cape Town in Oc­to­ber and will be on the road for the next 11 months, vis­it­ing 45 coun­tries and en­gag­ing in var­i­ous rugby and cor­po­rate ac­tiv­i­ties. “Africa as One is also about mak­ing an im­pact in Africa. In ad­di­tion to the rugby fairs in ci­ties and rugby clin­ics in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, we will be dis­tribut­ing over half a mil­lion units of sta­tionery to young chil­dren and giv­ing free tests for thou­sands of peo­ple across Africa. This is done in part­ner­ship with Mercy Ships,” adds Sumesh Ra­haven­dra, head of mar­ket­ing for DHL Ex­press sub- Sa­ha­ran Africa. “Nat­u­rally, a tour through Africa with such epic mag­ni­tude will not be com­plete with­out the most ad­vanced, ver­sa­tile and ex­ten­sive range of ve­hi­cle- based ad­ven­ture travel ac­ces­sories avail­able on the planet,” says Kevin Heyneke, mar­ket­ing man­ager at Front Run­ner. The ad­ven­ture gear spe­cial­ists equipped the team’s Dis­cov­ery 4 ve­hi­cles with the nec­es­sary equip­ment to support them on their jour­ney. “Racks and hold­ers were spe­cially in­stalled on the ve­hi­cles, which will en­sure that the team has space to pack items such as spare wheels, gas bot­tles, tran­sit bags, flip- up tents, spades and camp­ing equip­ment,” he said. “When space is limited, ad­ven­tur­ers need to make use of in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions such as cus­tom stor­age sys­tems, and strong, ver­sa­tile roof racks that can carry the heavy load as well as all ac­ces­sories. We be­lieve that the ad­di­tional pack­ing space and equip­ment will make the chal­leng­ing jour­ney across Africa more com­fort­able and eas­ier for the team to en­dure,” Heyneke con­cluded.

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