With an ever increasing dedication towards the development of the local Selebi Phikwe community and business community, Stanbic Bank Botswana has once more sponsored the annual Morula MTB Cycle Challenge. The Bank played a dual role in this year’s event, sponsoring the cycling event for P10,000.00 as well as manning a stall at the host school, Morula Primary School. The Morula MTB Challenge took place on Saturday 7th September 2013.
The primary aim of the quality mountain bike race event is to serve as a philanthropic platform, with the funds raised at last year’s event sponsored by the Bank being used by Rotary for a feeding scheme in Botshabelo, Selebi Phikwe.
This year’s proceeds are being donated to Rotary International of Selebi Phikwe to be used to improve the lives of the disadvantaged children within the Phikwe community and to kickstart a number of exciting new projects to benefit the children at Morula School.
“This is the third consecutive year that we have sponsored with the Morula MTB Challenge, and it is a partnership we are happy with. We welcome the opportunity to assist the school in participating in more charitable work for the betterment of the community, something that is central to the objectives of the Bank itself.
We have a presence in Phikwe and are pleased to have had yet another chance to engage with our customers, our stakeholders, and our community whilst doing our part for wellness development in the region.” said, Maria Sematlho, Stanbic Bank Botswana Selebi Phikwe Branch Manager.
The cycle challenge also comes as part of a local initiative to promote wellness development within Selebi Phikwe and encourage a stronger sense of community and networking within the town.
The sporting event saw participants from Morula Primary School as well as from the surrounding communities of Francistown, Maun, Palapye, and Gaborone.
“We are positive that our vision to attract visitors to our small mining town and our vision to develop young cyclists and our passion to reach out to disadvantaged children in our community will become a reality with the support and vision of Stanbic Bank!” noted Mrs. Levina Granger from Morula School.
Participants at this year’s event chose the distance they cycled based on their cycling skills and experience with options of 60km, 30km, 15km and 5km. Over 70 cyclists registered for the different categories this year, with Morula School having introduced a Junior Championship Category in a bid to develop young talent.
“There is a great deal of potential in Selebi Phikwe waiting to be unearthed and harvested. We’re honoured to be involved in the town activities and in working to develop the region to its full potential. Beyond that, we’re thrilled to have had a chance to engage and interact with the residents of our new home since the opening of our Selebi Phikwe Branch late last year,” concluded Ms. Sematlho.