Saturday, September 19, 2020

Palapye readies for annual Charity Cycle Challenge

All cycling trails and paths will lead to Palapye on the 21st of October for the annual Morupule General Manager’s Cycle Challenge.

The cycle challenge which is organised by Morupule Cycling Club, is an annual charitable event hosted by the Morupule Colliery.

According to Morupule Cycling Club Public Relations Officer (PRO) Dintlenyane Sentsho, preparations for the annual charity cycle challenge are at an advanced stage.

“The purpose of the challenge is to raise funds to support the underprivileged members of the community within the Mine Zone of Influence and to promote a culture of fitness and wellbeing in the community,” she explained.

As such, Sentsho urged Palapye residents and neighboring ones to own up the charity race and where possible to actively take part and compete in the race.

“They need to come on board and own up the race before others since it is here for them, they should use the opportunity,” she said.

“All members of the community are invited to participate as either cyclists, sponsors or participation and any form that can contribute to the success of the event, for cyclists provided that they have a helmet. Although this is a race, we also emphasise on people exercising and getting fit,” the PRO added.

Sentsho said funds raised during the past races were mainly channeled towards different projects including construction of houses for underprivileged families in and around Palapye, improvement of facilities at Ratsie Setlhako and Sehunou Primary Schools, improvement of Khama III Memorial Museum amongst others.

The main sponsors of the event are Morupule Coal Mine, Stanbic Bank Botswana and  Sesiro Insurance which has come onboard this year.

“Other potential partners who supported the challenge in the past have registered interest to participate again in the 2018 challenge, which include Mascom, Way guard Security, Majestic Five Hotel, Square Mart as well as individuals from the public whose names are yet to be revealed,” she added.

The cycling challenge or race attracts close to 300 people including cyclists from all around Botswana.

The race is divided into three categories including fun ride 30km, 60 km and 110 km distances. Cyclists will start off at Majestic Five Hotel in Palapye up Martins Drift road through Lecheng and Malaka villages before turning back to the starting point.

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