The 9 riders will each get kit and accessories from the key brands GAV, Tork Craft, Energizer and Alpen and the support team with receive all the service and repair tools to keep them on the road

To raise money for their education programs the Thomson Smillie Foundation decided to run an annual cycle tour from Pont drift (top end of the Country) down to Cape Town. They were prevented from doing this event last year twice because of Covid and now it’s all happening starting this month September with their first annual tour.

The nine riders and a support crew will follow the race down, recording each day’s ride and putting together the best one-hour video footage of each day’s ride and then hosting a virtual ride from the 18th of September until the 29th of September.  The nine actual riders doing the ride include several pros Nolan Hoffman, Pieter Syffrett, Kevern Furness, Terence Stewart, Bonny Swanepoel, Teresa Coetzee, Alistair Cronk, Henri Swart and Peter Thompson the founding Director of the Thomson Smillie Foundation.  The virtual ride will be captained by a star-studded team of Virtual Celebrities these being Victor Matfield, Andrew Mclean, Travis Barrett, Erik Kleinhans, Ylonda De Villiers, Brent Russell, Breyton Paulse, Allan Donald, Sean Henderson, Leigh-Anne Deidloff, Arnold Greedts and Renske Stolz.

The Thomson Smillie Foundation is a Non-Profit Company that raises funds for education creating various events and programs to get in sponsorship and funds to keep their education programs operating.

“We need to all pull together to assist all South Africans the opportunity to access quality education, this is not an immediate solution but rather a long-term sensible solution that will benefit the generations to come and the country at large,” said Peter Thomson the founding Director of the Thomson Smillie Foundation. “I truly believe, especially what we have just witnessed in our beautiful country, that Education is the only way to the future prosperity of the people of this country and the future success going forward. We have started this year offering secondary education bursaries to children at Fish Hoek High school.”  

“For this event companies have bought a day by putting in R50 000.00 as well as giving us their riding kit which we will wear on the tour days.  That also gave them access to trailer branding etc. The advantage to those companies is that we are a registered and approved Non-Profit Company as well as holding a level One B BBEE status in the SED category. Then we also have co-sponsors who donated some of their company goods that the riders can use and will wear giving them exposure on the virtual ride recordings.  What is also key is service tools and equipment for both the riders and the support crew to keep the riders mobile, this is where Vermont Sales have come to the party,” said Thompson.

“The Vermont Sales key brands GAV, Tork Craft, Energizer and Alpen, were supplied to each of the 9 competing riders made up of protected clothing, headlights, pumps, compressors and service tools.” said Ryan Hunt Director Vermont Sales. “The support team were also supplied gear and equipment plus a comprehensive Tork Craft service and repair roller tool cabinet to keep the riders on the road,” said Hunt

For more information contact, Vermont Sales on 011 314 7711 or visit their web site www.vermontsales.co.za  Trade enquires welcome.

This article was published in partnership with Media Xpose.

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