The third edition of the seven-day mountain biking race from the hamlet of Knysna to Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands takes place from 5th to 11th February 2017 over a distance of about 650km.
The Africa Foundation, a non-profit organisation, aims to uplift those living in poor rural communities, while also working towards conservation in South Africa.
The projects for which this year’s TransCape would raise funds were a bursary programme run through the Community Leaders Education Fund (CLEF) and installing ablution facilities at the Bilton High School in Mpumalanga. The cost is R43,500 per individual annually and the parties are hoping to make it a reality for 100 people by next year.
The second project entails the installation of ablution facilities at Bilton High in the form of Enviroloos. The aim of the project is to create a healthy school environment and in doing so give pupils access to the education facilities they deserved.
The TransCape, which was acquired by ASG Events last year, will also be raising funds for the Calitzdorp High School. Children who attended the school often have very little materially speaking and TransCape will raise funds to make donations to the school by promoting the project during the event and encouraging participants to make donations.
She said they would have a charity auction at Greyton on the Thursday with a three-night stay at the Ngala Safari Lodge in Mpumalanga as the prize.
Lenore Collett, race co-founder said: “There are so many young people in our rural areas who have potential, but they don’t have the opportunity to study. We want to open the door for the less fortunate to have a chance of getting a tertiary education. We need R330 000 for the second project so we are effectively hoping to raise about half a million rand.”