Cycling events non-profit company Hectic Promotions has announced a 10% reduction in all race entry fees for 2020. The reduced entry amounts will be enforced in the Bestmed Tshwane Classic, Cycle4CANSA, Joburg Classic and Diamond Classic.
“We would like to welcome all our riders back after the festive season with some good news. We hope this enables them to enter more races and ultimately enjoy more time on the bike,” said Hectic Promotions owner Mauritz Meyer.
“It is abundantly clear that the economy is taking its toll on everyone and we don’t want to allow all the negativity in the current social climate to keep cyclists away from their beloved sport.
“Cycling is a life motivator for many riders and provides a much-needed break from all the challenges South Africans are currently facing.”
“Hectic Promotions is a non-profit company and all funds raised are used to help individuals in need. This has assisted us in our engagement with our service suppliers. We are delighted that nobody has increased their fees for 2020. Some even lowered their fees as a contribution to our welfare projects,” he said.
Hectic Promotions funds a vast array of charity projects. The Winter Woollies project is now in its fourth year and annually funds a group of pensioners who knit beanies and gloves for kids in winter.
The Green Caps recycling project is also in its fourth year. The project funds a group of informal recyclers and looks after Joseph Ntuli. Ntuli is a full-time employee who makes beautiful sculptures and ornaments from old tyres. The sculpted tyres are used to decorate government clinics and schools in Pretoria, Cullinan and Rustenburg.
The Hectic Promotions wheelchair initiative saw a total of nine wheelchairs donated last year. The project is managed in collaboration with the Crawford School in Pretoria and the Green Caps who collect bottle caps to enable wheelchair donations to the Alma School for the Physically Disabled.
Another beneficiary is the Katjiepiering pre-primary school in Hermanstad. The school has 94 pupils from all population groups and is solely dependent on outside funding because parents can’t afford school fees. The little school has existed for fourty years and the current headmaster, Annette Cunniff, has been with the school since 1988.
“We work with the Metro Food Bank to secure donations of fresh fruit and vegetables for the school and we also have a meat donor. We do upkeep and maintenance at the school so that the environment isn’t depressing for the little ones. Last year we replaced the entire roof of the school,” said Meyer.
Meyer’s gardening skills take shape in the more than 400 seedling plants which Hectic Promotions donates annually to a local church in Centurion. The church uses the funds they generate from sales to provide local old age homes with food.
“We also grow plants for the local CHOC House and the Tshwane Metro Clinics, and we are responsible for the upkeep of their gardens. It’s very important to create a beautiful and welcoming environment at these facilities so that patients’ spirits are lifted,” said Meyer.
A new project for 2020 is a collaboration with Bikes for Kids, which donates bicycles to children’s homes and deserved individuals who can’t afford bikes. “This falls in line with our cycling development initiative which saw us provide more than 700 free entries to development cyclists last year,” said Meyer.
For a complete outline of the Hectic Promotions welfare projects, visit www.hecticpromotions.co.za
The new entry fees for the 2020 Hectic Promotions races are:
Joburg Classic 29 March 2020:
95km – R340
45km – R225
20km – R90
Diamond Classic 24 May 2020:
110km – R340
50km – R230
Bestmed Cycle4CANSA 22-23 August 2020
103km Road – R370
70km Road – R280
10km Road – R80
70km MTB – R370
50km MTB – R280
25km MTB – R220
10km MTB – R80
Bestmed Tshwane Classic 1 November 2020
95km – R350
60km – R220
20km – R110
(Malcolm Mostert bicycle): Malcolm Mostert (12) has been hard at work improving his cycling with the mountain-bike that he received from Hectic Promotions at last year’s Bestmed Tshwane Classic.
(Bottle caps recycling wheelchairs): The Hectic Promotions wheelchair initiative saw a total of nine wheelchairs donated last year. The project is managed in collaboration with the Crawford School in Pretoria and the Green Caps who collect bottle caps to enable wheelchair donations to the Alma School for the Physically Disabled.
(Beanies schools Winter Woolies): Last year saw Hectic Promotions hand out 2500 knitted items at schools in and around Pretoria and Cullinan as well as Rustenburg in collaboration with the Royal Bafokeng Nation.
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