Ride for MRP Foundation off to a good start

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Ride for MRP Foundation 2019

The tenth edition of the Ride for MRP Foundation kicked off at 04h30 on Sunday morning (December 1, 2019), as 74 riders began cycling the arduous two-day journey from Secunda to Durban. The peloton made up of SA Rugby Legends (Jeremy Thompson, Wayne Fyvie, Joel Stransky and Warren Brosnihan), SA sports stars Mhlengwi Gwala, businessmen and scholars, will arrive at Ladysmith at 6pm Sunday night, having cycled for 14 hours over 346 km. The annual fundraising ride breaks the cycle of poverty and inequality through the MRP Foundation’s education and skills development programmes.
The challenging two-day ride from Secunda to Durban, brings together individuals and businesses to raise funds and awareness for MRP Foundation to empower young people through education and skills development. In 2019 alone 5,971 youth participated in skills development and 96,495 learners were impacted through the Schools programme. The annual 606 km gruelling event, is a 2-day stage ride aiming to raise much-needed funds for MRP Foundation. The 2018 edition saw a 72-strong peloton raising the target of R2 million.
This year’s Ride featured a diverse peloton of men and women, ranging from ordinary South Africans and school children, to business executives and sports stars, all riding with a common purpose.
South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala will be riding for the third consecutive year. South African Rugby Legends have once again pledged their support with Jeremy Thompson, Wayne Fyvie and Joel Stransky taking on the challenge.
Stage 1 of the Ride, from the Graceland Hotel in Secunda (Mpumalanga) to The Royal Hotel in Ladysmith (KZN) was 346 km. The peloton traveled across three provinces, tackling the daunting Majuba Pass between Volksrust and Newcastle. Stage 2 of the Ride was 260 km, departing Ladysmith at 04h00 on December 2, arriving at CMH Nissan Durban 115 Monty Naicker Road, at 16h00.
The Ride for MRP Foundation partners included Absa, CMH Nissan Durban, SPAR, Maxed, Expand-a-Sign, City Logistics, Zapper, Trader Plus, Corruseal, KTM, Westville Cycle Club, Giant, Cyclesphere, SA Rugby Legends and Hirt and Carter.

Ride for MRP Foundation 2019
Ride for MRP Foundation 2019
Ride for MRP Foundation 2019

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