Botriver Education Foundation success stories continue to grow

The Botriver Education Foundation (BEF) together with the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events is excited to continue growing the success stories in the Botriver Community.

Established in 2005, the BEF is a voluntary association that aims to motivate and encourage students in the Botriver community to study in the fields of engineering, accounting and medicine.

“Our mission is to develop a community to one day see at least one graduate in each household in Botriver,” says Anthony Hess, BEF Coordinator.  “We nurture students, from as early as Grade 8, through their schooling career and hopefully into an institution of higher learning.  Currently we have seventy learners of which fifty-eight are at tertiary institutions and twelve are at high school.  In July this year we started mathematical conceptualization which is a new academic initiative for grade 4-7 from Botriver Primary School.  Learners use the internet based Green Shoots program, which follows the Western Cape Education Department’s curriculum, to work at mathematics at their own pace. The outcome will be measured at the next exam opportunity.  BEF’s partnership with W2W is absolutely invaluable for the human development exercise that we are busy with in Botriver.”

To date the BEF boasts eleven graduates:  two accountants, four teachers, a sports administrator, a nurse, two with diplomas in agriculture and one with a degree in psychology.  Two graduates also form part of the BEF committee.

The BEF’s annual fund raising event, the Botrivier Challenge celebrates its 12th anniversary in October.

Date: Event:
Friday, 28 October 2016 5km night run or walk
Saturday, 29 October 2016 21km, 10km and 5km run or walk
60km, 40km and 15km mountain bike event
15km and 8km trail run or walk

For further information on the Botrivier Challenge contact Wilfred on 0833241846, email or visit


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, 04 November 2016 – Sunday, 06 November 2016
  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride: Monday, 07 November 2016 – Wednesday, 09 November 2016
  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race: Friday, 11 November 2016 – Sunday, 13 November 2016

Each FNB W2W MTB entrant will receive an adidas branded jacket.  Together with Duesouth, the official retail partner of the FNB W2W MTB Events, adidas will set up an exhibitor’s area in the Race Village.  Riders and supporters can look forward to a firsthand experience of adidas’ newest TERREX range.

CLICK HERE to view the prize purse breakdown for the 2016 FNB W2W MTB Race. 

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For more information on the FNB W2W MTB Events contact Chris on 083 760 3158, e-mail, or or visit

About FNB Wines2Whales:

FNB Business and FNB Private Wealth have made a joint commitment to sponsor the annual Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Events.

FNB’s ongoing strategy is to support local and community events that show the potential to grow. This 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 Mountain Bike 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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ON BEHALF OF:                       Wines2Whales Organisation

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