2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon Press Release

 No: dusi1637

17 Feb 2016

Embargo: None

 Written by: Dave Macleod


FNB bolsters Dusi Drought Relief Initiative


Pietermaritzburg - As a big field of 1246 paddlers prepares to set off for the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon this week, the race title sponsors FNB has made a substantial contribution to the innovative plans to address the crippling drought in the region.

After setting up the FNB Dusi Drought Relief Initiative as a third beneficiary of the Charity Batch auction earlier this month, the scheme to install water tanks into central points in the communities in the Msundusi and Mngeni valleys will share one third of the R178 596 raised.

After initially committing to match this amount rand-for-rand FNB has contributed R200 000 to the amount generated by the Charity Batch auction, substantially enhancing the gains of all three beneficiaries.

FNB Business CEO Mike Vacy-Lyle, who will himself set off on his 14th Dusi, said that the contribution from FNB recognised the widespread desire to address the crippling drought and leave a tangible and sustainable tool to empower local communities to become water-sufficient.

"When we suggested adding a third beneficiary to the Charity Batch, there was full support from the other two existing beneficiaries - the Valley Chiefs Fund and the Dusi uMngeni Conservation Trust (DUCT).

"This contribution from FNB will therefore be shared equally amongst all three beneficiaries, as they share the same desire to make a meaningful impact to the drought crisis in the valleys that we will be moving through during the race.

"For the FNB Dusi Drought Relief Initiative this will translate into numerous new water tanks properly installed into central sites in the valley communities, which will allow them to efficiently harvest rain water and become water-sufficient," said Vacy-Lyle.

He added that FNB as sponsors and the race committee were fully aligned with the programmes put in place by government and the local water authorities to deal with the severe drought gripping the country.

He urged paddlers taking part in the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon to add their support to the FNB Dusi Drought Relief project by buying a blue ribbon as a visible show of support.

"Each and every water tank that the FNB Dusi can install min the valley will have a massive impact on the lives of the people who are battling on a daily basis to access clean drinking water, let alone water for cooking and washing.

"The relationship between the paddlers and their seconds and the residents of the valleys is a strong one, and I am sure that this appeal will resonate with every participant in the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon," added Vacy-Lyle.

"Our Dusi will be tough in the very low river conditions, but nowhere near as tough as the daily struggle for clean potable water facing many valley residents," he added. "I hope this gesture is a powerful way of translating our empathy into a mechanism to empower these families to cope with the drought crisis."

The 65th edition of the 120km adventure from Camps Drift, Pietermaritzburg to Blue Lagoon, Durban takes place from Thursday, 18 to Saturday, 20 February. More information can be found at www.dusi.co.za

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  FNB Business CEO Mike Vacy-Lyle hands over a cheque for R200 000 to FNB Dusi GM Brett Austen Smith to bolster the amount raised by the auction of pl;aces in the Charity Batch. Nick Tatham/
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