Qhubeka: Beep Ceremonial Handover
Donor Relations Event Summary Report
Event: BEEP Ceremonial Handover
Date: Thursday, 12 February 2015
Location: Mashingizela High School, Umvoti, KwaZulu-Natal
Guest and Attendees:
- Four riders of the MTN Qhubeda p/b Samsung professional cycling team: Jay Thomson plus partner, Louis Meintjies, Reinhardt Janse Van Rensburg plus partner and Nicholas Dlamini
- Paula Barnard, National Director of World Vision South Africa
- Mr. Khumalo, Department of Education Circuit Office
- TJ Grant, World Vision Canada
- Umvoti Staff: Pastor Hlophe, Nonhlanhla Shangase and Sayinile Mzolo, plus numerous ADP volunteers
- Mr. Dladla, Mashingizela High School Headmaster
Host: James Jouter, Qhubeka Donor Relations
The 2015 distribution programme for BEEP, implemented by World Vision South Africa in partnership with Qhubeka, will formally begiin on 5 March in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).
The ceremony on 12 February was held in recognition of the various donors who have made the distribution programme in 2015 possible through their collective fundraising efforts.
In particular, donors from the 50 Mile Ride in the USA and Doug Grant were thanked. Their contributions towards funding 230 Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles for BEEP in 2015 was acknowledged.
Qhubeka requested that World Vision South Africa facilitate this ceremonial handover at a selected 2015 BEEP recipient school in KZN where donors could attend as guests of Qhubeka.
A date of Thursday, 12 February 2015 was identified, which would coincide with the African Continental Cycling Championship in nearby Pietermaritzburg, which members of Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung and Team Rwanda were attending.
Unfortunately, due to their schedules, Team Rwanda was unable to accept the invitation to attend.
Qhubeka facilitated the hosting of cyclists from Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. The riders were collected from their hotel in Wartburg and transported to Mashingizela High School, an hour and a half drive. Snacks and drinks were provided to the donor guests en route.
Before a briefing was given to the guests, they completed various key administrative forms (child protection and liability waivers).
Qhubeka and its guests were warmly welcomed by World Vision SA and its Umvoti ADP staff, as well as school pupils with their headmaster and teaching staff.
The ceremony began on time and concluded an hour later, as per scheduled programming by World Vision BEEP project manager, Henco Visser.
The programme included short speeches from key stakeholders, songs of praise and thanks from the students, a formal handover of a Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycle to Mr. Dladla, and an inspiring photograph and autograph session with the pro riders.
In conclusion, a special word of thanks to Henco Visser and his team for facilitating the events of the day.
We also acknowledge and thank member of Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung for taking the time to attend the event during the crucial African Continental Cycling Championship (where Louis Meintjies went on to win the Elite Title and crowned the 2014 African Cycling Champion).
A final word of thanks to Doug Grant and all those involved in the fundraising at the 50 Mile. Without you, we would not be able to achieve our mission of empowering individuals and communities through the power of bicycles. Thank you!