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Zuurberg Bike race for charity

- By SEAN MCCABE

The PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race has joined with the Unity in Africa Foundation to help create more educationa­l opportunit­ies for local underprivi­leged children.

The three-day mountain bike race located in the Zuurberg Mountains bordering Addo Elephant Park is helping the Unity in Africa Foundation to provide bursaries to a number of underprivi­leged children in the Nelson Mandela Bay area. These bursaries will provide the children with access to a better education and place them in permanent employment in the future. The Foundation has also set up an iGems programme to provide assistance to students in finding their interests and through these, find a career path.

This partnershi­p will further increase the ability by the Unity in Africa Foundation to boost skills developmen­t and facilitate South Africa's socioecono­mic change. Unity in Africa Foundation Director Bernice Rose explains, “We believe that improving educa- tion is the key to lasting socioecono­mic transforma­tion in South Africa.”

Unity in Africa Foundation is in need of partnershi­ps like this to be able to support the children that are already benefiting from the program, with a cost of R25 000 per child per year.

The Foundation is involved in the race with student volunteers working as marshals and helpers throughout the race, while travelling competitor­s are welcomed at the airport by members of the Foundation. These meet-andgreet moments are important to the Foundation as they get to know more about the racers and lay the ground works for future partners and contacts. “Through these we hope to sign an at least five additional companies to donate to our iGems programme,” Rose says.

This partnershi­p shows how sports events and their partnershi­ps can assist in changing South Africa for the best, one child at a time partnershi­p.

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