TransCapeMTB is not just another mountain bike race
It is a journey through a most beautiful land. It is an adventurewhere you discover new places, in nature, but also within yourself.
It is hard core mountain biking, but it is also enjoying the finer things in life. It is embarking on a great endeavour. Pushing beyond your boundaries. Experiencing the joy of great achievement, both on your bike and beyond…
It is about family and friends, and making new friends that become likefamily.
BUT it is also being part of something much more.
Because, what good is the journey if you do not make a positive difference to the people through who’s land you travel?
This is a philosophy all of us here at TransCape MTB have an unshakable belief in.
We present a thoroughly professional race with all the luxury trimmings, but much more than that, we make a positive and lasting difference to peoples’ lives.
Our development vision is to establish the TransCape route as a world class mountain biking destination, managed by the local communities as an asset that creates economic, employment and skills development opportunities.
We also support various local charities, underprivileged schools and conservationinitiatives through specific fundraising activities and donations.
And this is the difference. This is why our riders, sponsors andpartners become part of something much bigger and more meaningful than just another sporting event.
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“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”
In keeping with TransCape’s commitment to uplifting and supporting the communities along the route, TransCape2016 has again delivered some truly amazing change to the people through who’s land we travelled!
This amazing charity was founded in 2008 and is based in Swellendam. The main focus of Adaliah is to maintain and uphold a place of temporary safe care for babies in the Overberg District, specifically abandoned babies, babies affected by HIV/AIDS and other children in need of a temporary place of safety.
Adaliah Care has provided a safe haven for 133 babies since starting out and they also assist in testing and screening babies for permanency planning and facilitating adoptions. They also support expecting mothers by helping them through the decision of adoption, providing clothes, food and diapers and also supporting mothers while in labour. They also support children in the community with special needs with a bed, clothing, transport and proper medical care. They arrange medicine for all illnesses the babies might have, including ARV’s for HIV medication.
Adaliah Care is totally reliant on donations and services from non-government establishments.
TransCapeMTB, with the help of our riders, raised over R120 000 for Adalia Care during our 2016 event!!!
Hoërskool Calitzdorp is situated in the town of the same name in the Klein Karoo. With 581 learners, from grade R to 12, it is classified as a no school fee school by the National Department of Education which means the parents do not pay school fees because of their poor economic situation. The parents of the learners are predominantly farm workers who are employed on a seasonal basis, working mainly during the fruit season from November to April, which means 70% of the parents are unemployed for about six months of the year. To make matters worse, when there is work available, those employed receive the minimum wage decided upon by the state. This means the school struggles to generate extra funds for the childrens’ educational needs and extra mural activities.
The school’s staff are left to try and make use of any opportunities to make extra money so that the learners can participate in sports and other activities. The school also has a hostel which is home to 115 learners from the surrounding rural area. These learners get minimal support from the Education Department to cover everything from food, water and electricity, transport home on weekends and bedding. It is therefore a massive challenge for the school’s staff to help make ends meet and therefore need all the help they can get.
TransCapeMTB donated more than R30 000 worth of sports and other equipment to the school, and along with one of our sponsors, Premier FMCG, also made a very generous donation of maize meal and girls sanitary products and sanitary education to the school!!!
If you would like to help us make a big difference at Hoërskool Calitzdorp and/or Adaliah Centre please contact Corne Grobler on 082 568 0301 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org
TransCapeMTB wanted to create fond and lasting memories for the riders and to leave a legacy, something tangible, a positive impact in the lives of those less fortunate than us who live in the region along the race route. Generous sponsors like Cargill South Africa and Premier FMCG, the competitors and numerous selfless people in the communities along the race route, made strides in improving the lives of those in need. Besides the charitable contributions, TransCape injected more than R2 million into the economy of the Western Cape, by supporting local businesses and tourism in every town on route.
UITKYK Primary School, Greyton
The biggest tangible difference has taken place at Uitkyk Primary School, a public section 21 school, in Greyton. A small school, it has just under 90 learners from grade 1 to 7. Faced with a lot of challenges as some of the learners come from less affluent homes and the school is without government funding. The school has received a major facelift, due to a fantastic R30 000 contribution from Cargill, an international commodity trading business in Johannesburg and a further R41 000 which was raised through an evening event held in Greyton during the 2015 race in February.
Not only was repair work done to the main building’s roof, but the existing concrete paths on the eastern side of the main school building and courtyard were repaired. The water tank, rusted water pipes and toilets were replaced, broken windows fixed and the store room secured with burglar bars. Not only did this improve the school, but also created job opportunities in the community.
‘SHINE’ Development Project
Cargill, a global food company committed to applying global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business, also generously donated a further R30 000 to support the SHINE Development Project in Villiersdrop, in collaboration with the TransCape MTB race team.
As SHINE’S main objective is to improve the abilities, life skills and self image of rural farm workers and farm worker children the funds have been utilized for the Let It Shine youth and adult education initiatives.
R15 000 of this donation is being used to provide monthly leadership instruction to 45 SHINE officials to equip them with the necessary life skills to be able to effectively develop fellow employees on the farms they work. A further R15 000 funded a two day leadership workshop on June 9 and 10 for 62 farm workers in leadership positions. The objective of this workshop was to empower farm workers to be effective leaders, learn to handle conflict, improve their communication skills and to grow as individuals.
In another initiative, TransCape MTB, with a further generous donation from Cargill, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Knysna, purchased R10 000’s worth of illustrated English dictionaries which were distributed to a disadvantaged school in every town along the race route. 7 Schools in the area, including Percy Mdala High School in Nekkies, Concordia High School in Concordia, Knysna High School, Oakhill School, and Knysna Montessori School, received dictionaries at a special function arranged by the Rotary to thank learners for their participation in community events. Some of the dictionaries were also given to the SHINE Project and Uitkyk Primary.
Premier FMCG – Breads and Muffins
While the above are some of the differences TransCape MTB have been making, equally important contributions were made during race the race week with the help of one of the main race sponsors, Premier FMCG. With the latter generously providing muffin mix and delivering fresh Blue Ribbon breads to keep our riders and the TransCape MTB team fueled every day during the race. Breads and muffins were also donated to schools and old-age homes in the various town on the race route.
UITKYK Primary School, Greyton
UITKYK Primary School, Greyton