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While the Ride for MRP Foundation becomes a distant memory for the 72-strong peloton and their supporters, the gritty cyclists still have one more mountain of a challenge to overcome. A R2 million fundraising target was set ahead of the ‘ride with purpose’ and now, with just one month to go before fundraising draws to a close, the peloton are determined to achieve their goal.
To date the Ride has raised just over R1.8 million. Funds will be used to break the cycle of poverty and inequality in South Africa, through MRP Foundation’s education and skills development programmes, which empower tens of thousands of youth.
To help the cyclists achieve their R2 million fundraising target CMH Nissan Durban are giving away a brand new Nissan Micra. For just R20 you could be sporting a new set of wheels, and you will make a huge impact on a young life.
On 2 and 3 December 2018, a determined and diverse peloton made up of individuals and teams comprising masters, juniors, women and development riders, as well as the first international rider, took to the roads, cycling from Secunda to Durban in just two days.
The 606 km ride with purpose is a two-day stage ride. It is deemed by many as South Africa’s toughest cycle ride. With a total of 26-hours of cycling time, courageous riders overcame extreme heat as well as mental and physical fatigue, as they banded together to complete the ninth edition of the annual Ride for MRP Foundation.
The largest peloton to date which included South African Rugby Legends Stefan Terblanche, Wayne Fyvie and John Smit, as well as South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala, are hoping to achieve their R2 million target by 30 March 2019.
SMS “MICRA” and your full name to 38417 at a cost of R20.00 per SMS (free SMS’s do not apply) or enter via Zapper (on your smartphone) at R20.00 per entry. Competition closes at midday on 30 March 2019. Terms and Conditions apply.
MRP Foundation Director Natasja Ambrosio, shared the heart behind the ride, “In 2005 we had a dream to impact this nation, specifically the children and youth with potential, and it took a team to organise the MRP Foundation. In 2009 there was a group of riders who were determined to impact the young people of this country. Thank you to everyone that rallied around us. Since 2007 over 30,000 unemployed youth have been upskilled through our Jump Start work readiness programme with 13,000 job placements in retail and supply chain.”
MRP Foundation would like to thank the media for their incredible support, as well as its partners who aim to break the cycle of poverty and inequality in South Africa : Absa, CMH Nissan Durban, SPAR, Maxed, Expand-a-Sign, City Logistics, Zapper, Trader Plus, Corruseal, KTM, Westville Cycle Club, Giant, Cyclesphere, SA Rugby Legends and Hirt and Carter.