Ride for MRP Foundation inspires partnerships that do good together


Together with committed partners the 2017 edition of the Ride for MRP Foundation looks set to make a bigger impact than ever before.

Cycling for good: Thanks to passionate partners and dedicated cyclists, since 2010 the Ride for MRP Foundation, a 606 km ride from Johannesburg to Durban (December 3 - 4), has raised well over One Million Rand for the MRP Foundation. Photograph: PIERRE TOSTEE / MRP FOUNDATION

The annual Ride for MRP Foundation supported by Absa, a punishing 606 km ride from Johannesburg to Durban (December 3 - 4),  is growing from strength to strength through strong partnerships and a committed peloton who are passionately committed to raising funds and awareness for the MRP Foundation.

Over the years the annual fundraising challenge has steadily gained momentum, with this year’s edition boasting the largest peloton to date, consisting of fifty cyclists from a diverse range of backgrounds: masters, juniors, women, development riders as well as South Africa’s rugby legends, John Smit, Jeremy Thompson and Wayne Fyvie. The courageous cyclists will have to dig deep to push past their physical and mental limits to complete the challenging ride and in doing so support the ride with purpose.

As a fundraiser to help break the cycle of poverty and inequality in South Africa, the Ride for MRP Foundation has welcomed on board a passionate group of partners, including Futurelife who will be providing additional nutritional support for the peloton.  

David Sweidan, General Manager of Business and Marketing for Futurelife, believes that, "by partnering with like-minded businesses that share the same vision of making a difference in people's lives we can unlock tomorrow’s potential. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to invest into communities and see the difference we can make together.”

Thanks to the dedicated cyclists who put their hands up for the worthy cause this year’s ride is on track to supersede previous editions and hopefully reach the fundraising supertarget of One Million Rand!

Funds raised will be channeled into the MRP Foundation’s education and skills development programmes that impact hundreds of thousands of youth. As a youth development organisation the MPR Foundation’s purpose is to empower South Africa’s youth to unlock their full potential.

Ride for MRP Foundation Cyclists - KwaZulu-Natal: Craig Jones (Ballito), Quintus van der Berg (Umhlanga), Natasja Ambrosio (Hillcrest), Keagan Matthews (Hillcrest), Claire Matthews (Hillcrest), Bruce Macdonald (Hillcrest), Michael Rowland (Hillcrest), John Armstrong (Hillcrest), Iris Varty (Hillcrest), John Campbell (Hillcrest), Tiffany Keep (Hillcrest), Matthew Wickham (Kloof), Lauren Brown (Kloof), Dylan Cherry (Kloof), Dave Duke (Kloof), Greg Stedman (Kloof), Travis Stedman (Kloof), Tanner Quinn (Gillitts), Gary Raath (New Germany), Peter-John Paulson (New Germany), Brad Rowlett (Durban), Randy Walker (Durban), Mark Sterley (Durban), Clint Lund (Hillcrest), John Smit (Durban North), Fanele Mbuyazi (Durban), Jeremy Thomson (Durban), Mike Viljoen (Durban), Zisandele Mkhize (Durban), Mboneni Ngcobo (Durban), Deno Van Heerden (Durban), Mitchell Potgieter (Durban), Wayne Fyvie (Durban),Tessa Hesse (Pietermaritzburg), Dion Ross (Ashburton), Paul Krause (Hillcrest). Gauteng: Leon Crous (Ruimsig), Nolan Waldhausen (JHB), Nigel Payne (Sandton), Arrie Rautenbach (Douglasdale), August van Heerden (JHB), Ryan Katz (Parkwood), Geoffrey Lee (JHB), George Oertel (Benoni). Mpumalanga: Gary Watson (Secunda). Western Cape: Taschyana Hurter (Green Point)


The Ride for MRP Foundation partners are: Absa, SPAR, Futurelife, CMH Nissan Durban, Expand-a-Sign, Maxed, City Logistics, KTM South Africa, Traderplus, Cyclesphere, Giant Bicycles and Defy.

For all media enquiries please contact Pierre Tostee patostee@mrpg.com