ORGANISERS of The Herald VW Cycle Tour have urged all participants, their friends and family to support education in Nelson Mandela Bay, which hosts the second oldest national classic this weekend.
On Friday, cyclists will be able to donate school uniforms, shoes and stationery at race registration as part of a citywide initiative to uplift and support children in need.
"The metro has been a proud partner of The Herald VW Cycle Tour for many years," event coordinator Linda Harwood said. "Education has always been a priority for them and, because the race is a family-oriented event, we actively support efforts to improve education in the Bay."
The initiative, spearheaded by NMB mayor Zanoxolo Wayile, forms part of a larger education-focused project which includes the Aids Orphans Programme, Career Guidance Exhibition and Community Fire Safety programmes.
Wayile felt it necessary for the metro to work hand-in-glove with the Education Department to make local education a priority. He also felt the Bay's public and private sectors should work with education stakeholders to improve school performance and ultimately job creation.
To this end, he established the Education Task Team in October 2011. Councillors, church leaders, NGO officials, private sector representatives and members of the District Education Department make up the team. They are responsible for driving donation opportunities, liaising with stakeholders and distributing donations to children in need.
Beneficiaries include households headed by children, poverty-stricken families and those who have been affected by accidents. So far, more than 153 pupils have been helped.
The task team will be on hand at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre on Friday. Items can be dropped off at the NMB Tourism stand. Casual clothes and shoes are also welcome. Registration is from 9am to 9pm.
Keep an eye open for the official mountain bike and road previews tomorrow and Friday.
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