Nedbank Namibia leverages the annual Nedbank Desert Dash, an iconic 397km cycling adventure through the challenging yet beautiful Namib Desert, as a means for ‘doing good’.
Scheduled for 8 and 9 December, the event continues its annual mission to actively support causes aimed at creating positive change in Namibia.
Kavango East Rundu is a cycling team brought together by a passion for cycling and a desire to support those who benefit from cycling as a source of income. The team joined the Nedbank Desert Dash to raise funds and awareness for Embo lye Haro Pre-Primary School in Ndama, a small peri-urban neighbourhood on the outskirts of Rundu.
Schools and orphanages across the country face multiple challenges, including a lack of funding, support and housing. Embo lye Haro Pre-Primary School is one of many Namibian schools that have had to ﬁnd innovative ways to raise funds for their operations. The school acts as both a school and a home for the vulnerable, housing and educating the orphaned children of Ndama. To raise funds, the school buys, repairs and sells used bicycles through its bike shop.
Driven by their love of cycling, the cycling team’s main motivation for completing the Nedbank Desert Dash is to lend a helping hand to the school. While the cycling team is still in its infancy, its members are all on an equal footing: there is no hierarchy among them and, through their strengths and natural abilities, they support each other as they develop and learn together.
For them, cycling has always been a lifestyle and they cycle as a part-time hobby and activity. However, since joining the Nedbank Desert Dash, the team has significantly ramped up the kilometres they usually cover to help them develop strength and endurance for the race. Despite struggling to ﬁnd the time to train, the team is committed to joining the cycling calendar throughout the year, as well as rides across the region in preparation of the race.
Besides time, one of the main challenges the team has always faced is the cost of travel and the repair and maintenance of their bikes. This is a struggle that often meant they could not participate in races where they could have raised more awareness for the school.
With the sponsorship of Nedbank Namibia, they now have the opportunity to direct all their funds towards the charity to help alleviate some of the daily challenges they face while running the school and bike shop.
Team member Izak Grobbelaar expressed his gratitude to Nedbank Namibia for extending a helping hand, and to friends and family for their support.
“We are very grateful for the support we have been getting and the messages of encouragement. It goes a long way. To our family and friends, who make lots of sacrifices to see us taking part in the Nedbank Desert Dash, we see your sacrifices throughout the year, and we thank you,” he said.
He urged those interested in supporting the initiative to reach out to them as the proceeds are for a good cause.
“This is a cause for good that touches the lives of those who greatly need the help. It doesn’t matter how much you can give – we welcome you to be a part of this heart-warming cause,” he said.
The Kavango East Rundu team is one of five charity teams that Nedbank supports in the 2023 Nedbank Desert Dash. The race starts in Windhoek and their race to victory is 24 hours away at the finish line at Platz Am Meer, Swakopmund.