Adopt a tree with MTO and W2W in aid of the MTO Knysna Plantation

Seen here:  Caron Douglas and Hans de Ridder from the FNB W2W Crèche Educational Initiative during a visit to the Kids Academy Crèch, one of the beneficiaries of the Initiative.  Photo Credit:  NEWSPORT MEDIA

Riders taking part in the 2017 FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike (MTB) Events will be able to ‘help make a difference’ by adopting a tree through MTO in support of the FNB W2W Crèche Educational Initiative.

“MTO would like to give back to its community while creating a unique experience,” says Lawrence Polkinghorne, MTO Group CEO.  “Riders will be able to adopt a tree for R50 at race pack collection.  The adoption process will be ‘virtual’.  The interface will show riders the ‘Knysna Plantation’ that will be divided into blocks.  We’ll allocate a block to W2W.  The rider can then choose a location within that block where he/she would like to plant the tree. A form will need to be completed.  When saved a tree will be allocated to the rider and saved in the exact location selected.”

“We lost a large part of our Knysna plantation during the June fires,” continues Polkinghorne.  “We would like to invest in new and exciting trails on our Garden Route plantations as part of the restoration program. The idea is to create some new single tracks that will take riders past the trees that they adopted.  All proceeds raised will go towards the FNB W2W Crèche Educational Initiative.  We are really happy to be able to give back to the W2W communities.  At the same time we will be able to restore MTO’s Knysna Plantations, creating something special for the Knysna community and their visitors to enjoy.”


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, 27 October 2017 – Sunday, 29 October 2017
  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride: Monday, 30 October 2017 – 01 November 2017
  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race: Friday, 03 November 2017 – Sunday, 05 November 2017

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About FNB Wines2Whales:

FNB Business and FNB Private Wealth are proud to be the title sponsors of the annual FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events.

The sponsorship forms part of FNB’s ongoing strategy to support local and community events that focus on a healthy lifestyle and show the potential to grow. The 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 MTB 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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