The 2014 Nedbank Tour de Tuli raised R2.5 million for non-profit organisation Children in the Wilderness (CITW) – a significant increase on last year’s total of R1.7 million. The multi-stage mountain bike event, which took place at the beginning of August, covered three countries and 250 km over four days, and in the process, created awareness for some of the areas in which CITW operates as well as for the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier National Park.
“We are extremely grateful that Tour sponsors and participants have given so generously, not only financially, but also in kind. We are very fortunate to have such a loyal support base who believe in the goals of CITW, enabling us to continue exposing children to their wildlife heritage and creating a network of sanctuaries that uplifts and cares for our children and conserves our planet”, said Dr Sue Snyman, CITW Programme Director.
All monies raised will be channelled directly into sustainable education programmes in seven countries in southern Africa through the hosting of more children’s camps at Wilderness Safaris and partner luxury lodges, Eco-Clubs and Eco-Mentor training. Last year, CITW hosted 25 camps for 506 children and 69 Eco-Clubs for 2 575 children, changing their lives dramatically and positively, and instilling a greater understanding of and appreciation for Africa’s wilderness areas.
Not only was the event a huge success from a fundraising perspective, but also in terms of the experience delivered, with participants agreeing that the Tour continues to live up to its reputation as one of the best mountain bike events in the world.
“The 10th edition of the Nedbank Tour de Tuli was indeed a special one. Blessed with idyllic weather, fortuitous and frequent game sightings, a sense of adventure plotting our own course by GPS and real mountain biking over varied and sometimes technical terrain, the Tour made a lasting impression both on and off the bike”, said Patrick Baransky, from Nedbank, the title sponsor of the event.
Next year’s event will take place from 13 to 18 August 2015 with registrations opening at the end of November (no pre-booking, entries based on a first-come first-served basis). For more information, email Tour Director, Nicola Harris on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.childreninthewilderness.com.
Click here to watch a video of some of the highlights from the 2014 Nedbank Tour de Tuli.