Cycle Classic challenge launched
One of the most anticipated annual cycling events on the local sports calendar, The Namibian Pick n Pay Cycle Classic was officially launched last week and was hosted by the the Rotary Club Windhoek (RCW), the main organizers of the event.
The main sponsors for the charity fund-raising event which takes place for the 19th consecutive year on the 14th and 15th of October 2017 are Pick n Pay Namibia – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – and The Namibian newspaper.
PnP Namibia this year increased its cash contribution to N$200,000 from last year’s N$150,000. PnP Brand Manager, Dandago Uiras said,“I commend the Rotary Club Windhoek (RCW) on the humble and noble work that you do with so much passion in the communities – we are proud to be associated with an organization that truly makes a difference in our communities. PnP Namibia cherishes its association with the RCW. Our long and fruitful relationship with the club spans over more than a decade and ties in with Pick n Pay’s commitment to uplifting the lives of the communities in which we operate.”
O&L Group Corporate Communications Manager, Roux-che Locke who was also present at the launch emphasized the group’s commitment to contributing to enhancing the lives of the communities in which it operates.
According to Uiras, PnP will also support the participation of Dagbreek School – a facility that caters for the physically and intellectually challenged – at the Cycle Classic.
Uiras said, “While we encourage our staff to support the Cycle Classic by volunteering their time to assist with co-organizing the event, I am pleased to advise that PnP will once again avail all of our 22 branches countrywide to help the organizing team with the marketing and promotion of this year’s edition of the event. We are certainly very proud of the long association with the Rotary Club Windhoek and look forward to continue to take this relationship from strength to strength.”
Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL)will aslo sponsor of Cycle Classic. NBL stepped on board in 2015 and continues its journey with a sponsorship totaling over N$100,000.
Acting Editor of The Namibian Newspaper, Christof Maletzky said,“I cannot quantify what our total contribution is, because it includes editorials and free advertising, as well as our sponsorship of the Women’s Cycling Club in Katutura. But we are here for the long run and we are confident that the Cycle Classic will continue to grow in future.”
According to the President of the RCW, Heide Beinhauer, sponsorship to the event is expected to increase from N$118,000 in 2011 to more than N$330,000 this year. Beinhauer said, “Many projects will benefit from this fundraising, including developing the sport of cycling, and sponsoring Namibian cyclists to participate in international events.” According Beinhauer, this year’s event will for the first time also include a 5km fun walk or run, and a 10km run.
Race organizers of the event, Windhoek Pedal Power (WPP), according to Pierre du Plooy from WPP donated funds raised from the event to the Namibia Cycling Federation (NCF) for developmental purposes.
Caption: President of the RCW, Heide Beinhauer (left) joined by Sponsors of the annual 2017 The Namibian Pick n Pay Cycle Classic launched this week. She is joined by Acting Editor of The Namibian Newspaper, Christof Maletzky (right); Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia Brand Manager, Dandago Uiras (2nd from right); Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) Senior Manager: Brands, Claudia Opperman (3rd from right), and O&L Group Manager: Corporate Communications, Roux-che Locke