The Rotary Club of Hermanus, together with the learners of the Hermanus High School, is counting down the days to the 2016 FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events.
Forming part of Rotary International, the Rotary Club of Hermanus was founded in 1948 and is committed to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership in the community.
According to Johan Augustyn, Hermanus Rotary Club Treasurer, most Rotary activities fall within six general areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, aiding mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies.
“We started working with Wines2Whales in the event’s second year,” says Augustyn. “We offer marshall support and manage the water point s during Stage Three of the Adventure, Ride and Race. Over the years we’ve seen the event grow from strength to strength. It is one of the premier MTB races in South Africa and we are proud to be associated with it. The W2W is also one of our major fundraising events. We have many new projects that need support and can’t do this without funds that we raise through our involvement with W2W.”
Over the years the Rotary Club of Hermanus has been instrumental in a number of projects including: contributing half of the costs required to build the Provincial Hospital in Hermanus, establishing the National Sea Rescue Institute in Hermanus, assisting in establishing the Hemel-en-Aarde Pre-school and supporting the Night Shelter to name just a few.
Charities supported by the Rotary Club of Hermanus include (but are not limited to): Hermanus High School (food parcels), Siyasama Service Centre, Overstrand Hospice and the Hermanus Senior Centrum.
“The Rotary Club of Hermanus gives a substantial monthly donation towards our soup kitchen and food parcels for needy families,” says Anneke Harms, Teacher and Grade 12 Head at the Hermanus High School. “Approximately twenty of our learners are granted the opportunity to work with the Rotary Club at the annual FNB W2W MTB Events. The learners assist with the water points and on route marshalling. They enjoy being outdoors, watching the bikers and being part of the events. They learn how to be of service, while improving both their people skills and problem solving techniques. They enjoy every minute of their involvement.”
EVENT INFORMATION: FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events
Starting in the Winelands of Somerset West, riders will cross through (and over) 13 wineries, 26 private farms, six mountains, historic roads and mountain passes, nature conservation areas (including the Kogelberg Biosphere) before finishing within sight of the famous whales of Hermanus!
- FNB Wines2Whales MTB Adventure: Friday, 04 November 2016 – Sunday, 06 November 2016
- FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride: Monday, 07 November 2016 – Wednesday, 09 November 2016
- FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race: Friday, 11 November 2016 – Sunday, 13 November 2016
Each FNB W2W MTB entrant will receive an adidas branded jacket. Together with Duesouth, the official retail partner of the FNB W2W MTB Events, adidas will set up an exhibitor’s area in the Race Village. Riders and supporters can look forward to a firsthand experience of adidas’ newest TERREX range.
The prize purse breakdown for the 2016 FNB W2W MTB Race can be viewed here: http://wines2whales.co.za/rider/race-prize-purse/
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About FNB Wines2Whales:
FNB Business and FNB Private Wealth have made a joint commitment to sponsor the annual Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Events.
FNB’s ongoing strategy is to support local and community events that show the potential to grow. This sponsorship affirms our dedication to providing an experience that is beyond expectation, through a sport that continues to grow in popularity as one of the key activities in the South African sporting calendar. The annual FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Events are aligned to our belief that adventure is the heart of innovation and this is one of many platforms on which we seek to make a lasting connection with new and existing clients.
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