Helderberg Sunrise Rotary celebrates six years with FNB W2W MTB Events

Affectionately known as the vehicle transport experts, this year the Helderberg Sunrise Rotary Club will celebrate its 6th anniversary with the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events.

According to Clive Reed, Treasurer of the Helderberg Sunrise Rotary Club, the club’s 55 members are passionate about service to their community and boast high ethical standards.  “Although a young club, Helderberg Sunrise has a proven track record in achieving success in many community projects.  We enjoy being part of the FNB W2W MTB Events.  We transfer the vehicles of competitors.  Each event has 50 plus members, family and friends moving vehicles from (a) Lourensford Wine Estate to Oak Valley Wine Estate, (b) from Oak Valley Wine Estate to Onrus Caravan Park and (c) from Lourensford Wine Estate to Onrus Caravan Park. We ensure that the mountain bikers have access to their vehicles at all times during the event.”

The Helderberg Sunrise Rotary Club puts the funds generated through its involvement with the FNB W2W MTB Events to good use by supporting a number of admirable projects including Go for Gold and Masikhule.

“Our involvement with FNB W2W has also allowed us to fund smaller once off projects,” continues Reed.  “Over the last two years we have donated funds to Lebanon Community Trust to purchase bicycles and to the Botriver School Bicycle project. We helped an old age home, Huis Jan Swart enclose their patio, worked with Masincedane Community Trust to create a Wellness Centre in Lwandle, supported Rotary Youth Services and many more.”

Founded in 1999 through collaboration between the private sector, the Western Cape Department of Education and civil society, Go for Gold is an award-winning ‘education-to-employment’ public-private initiative.

According to Karen Rademeyer, Fundraising and Communications Manager of Go for Gold, Helderberg Sunrise Rotary’s donations help toward Go for Gold’s Individual Student Sponsorships which affords underprivileged youth in Grade 11 and 12 to be part of Phase 1 of the 4 Phase Education-to-Employment programme.  “Currently Helderberg Sunrise Rotary are supporting 7 learners’ Individual Student Sponsorships (since 2015) and to date have donated over R250 000 to our cause.  Go for Gold are very grateful for the Helderberg Sunrise Rotary’s dedication and passion for our cause in providing graduate professionals to the built environment in South Africa.”

Founded in 2005, Masikhule trains women from impoverished communities of the Helderberg in Early Childhood Development, enabling them to effectively educate and nurture pre-school children and provide them with the foundation for life-long learning.

“By including us in events the Helderberg Sunrise Rotary Club has helped us raise funds, donated resources, increased awareness and facilitated contributions from Rotary clubs overseas,” says Sandy Immelman, Masikhule: Marketing and Communications Manager.  “Being part of the prestigious FNB W2W MTB Events is a wonderful opportunity for us.  We assist with transferring vehicles between stations.  We get to have fun in our area, while assisting the event’s efforts, and raising awareness and funds for our NPO.”


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 FNB W2W MTB Race prize purse breakdown.

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For more  information on the Helderberg Sunrise Rotary Club visit www.hsrotary.co.za  For more information on the FNB W2W MTB events contact Chris on 083 760 3158, e-mail race@wines2whales.co.za, adventure@wines2whales.co.za or ride@wines2whales.co.za or visit www.wines2whales.co.za 

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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