Change a Life Academy
15 Oct 2019
Written by: Nick Tatham
FNB take on Change a Life MTB Academy sponsorship
Pietermaritzburg – Martin Dreyer’s pioneering Change a Life Academy has
received a substantial boost as South African banking giant First
National Bank has teamed up to add their support to the mountain biking
squad following their continued support of the canoeing team.
The Change a Life Cycle Tour has and is the sole fund raiser for the
Change a Life canoeing squad and going forward it will also support
their rural mountain biking team.
FNB’s relationship with the Change a Life Academy goes back a couple of
years through their support of the annual Change a Life Cycle Tour,
which invites captains of industry in South Africa to enjoy a once off,
four day, boutique road cycle tour, somewhere amazing in the world.
This year the tour will take participants to Sardinia, Italy, for a ride
that has become one of the leading fundraising tours in the country,
having raised almost R50 million which has been invested into crime
prevention and Youth development.
“This partnership reflects the ‘How Can We Help You’ focus that drives
us at FNB,” says Mike Vacy-Lyle, CEO of FNB Business. “FNB is built on
the notion of help and our intent is to not only change one life, but to
have an ongoing impact on communities in a sustainable manner.
“Based on this approach, the decision to partner with Change a Life was
an easy one as they have ten years of experience in championing projects
that have an exponential effect in the lives of South Africans.
“As a bank, we understand the need to be agents of change to create the
South Africa we all want to see.”
Martin Dreyer’s Change a Life Academy has been a shining light in sports
development in South Africa with his paddlers, riders and runners
finishing amongst the top achievers in these sports consistently on a
Dreyer is excited about the new chapter that has been opened by FNB as
it continues to give his academy the best chance to achieve top results.
“To have one sponsor for both the paddling and mountain biking academies
means that there is a stream-lined focus,” Dreyer said. “It provides
fantastic continuity for the mountain bike team and we must thank Rand
Merchant Bank for the groundwork that they put in.
“It is a relief that the FNB sponsored CAL Cycle Tour, will also be
supporting my MTB team and we are very much looking forward to our team
taking on the FNB Wines2Whales early next month.”
Ursula du Plooy, founder and convenor of the Change a Life Cycle Tour,
appreciates the role that FNB play in sponsoring the Change a Life Cycle
Tour because their contribution remains invaluable to the various Change
a Life projects around the country receiving crucial funding.
“FNB’s generous commitment enables us to plan ahead and ensure that our
beneficiary projects, including the Martin Dreyer Change a Life Academy
in KwaZulu-Natal and the Nelson Mandela Township, Nemato Change a Life
in the Eastern Cape, become even stronger and develop to their full
potential,” Du Plooy said.
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Change a Life
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The Martin Dreyer Change a
Life Academy MTB squad will join their canoeing counter-parts in having
First National Bank as their sponsors.
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