- The First Lady Neo Masisi is the Guest Cyclist
- The organisers aim to spread donations across the country
Proceeds raised from this year’s Komatsu-AM600 Cycling Challenge will go to uplifting the lives of the less privileged members of society across Botswana, the Human Resources Manager at Komatsu Botswana, Basadi Pheto, has said.
This year the organisers of the cycling challenge have decided to spread donations to beneficiaries across different parts of the country. “We are not only looking at specific areas but want to answer the call wherever it is made,” Pheto said during the cycling challenge sendoff dinner in Gaborone this week.
“Our intended beneficiaries’ funds permitting are Mokoboxane Primary School, St. Joseph’s Primary School, Khwee Clinic, the modern ICT hub in Letlhakane and Journey of Hope.” Pheto added that their aim was to raise at least P1.5 million for the projects but have so far collected a little over a million with some pledges to be paid before a groundbreaking ceremony. “We have taken into account the fact that we are all trying to recover from the ravages of the Novel Coronavirus whose ramifications are felt even today,” Pheto stated.
Also speaking at the occasion, the First Lady Neo Masisi praised the organisers of Komatsu-AM600 Cycling Challenge, noting that social performance is fast becoming a global phenomenon that all people should embrace. “It is high time companies had robust and deliberate projects in their host communities to ensure that the communities are not left worse off by our operations,” she said. “While some are quick to go for what they deem as low hanging fruits, we encourage businesses to go for sustainable projects which will not only benefit the current generation but generations to come.”
The cycling challenge, which began lastweek Thursday and saw cyclists cover 600km over a course of three days to Saturday, from Jwaneng to Gaborone via Lobatse on Day One, Gaborone to Mahalapye on Day Two, and Mahalapye to Gaborone on Day Three. The guest cyclist for this year’s challenge were none other than the First Lady Neo Masisi. The Komatsu-AM600 Cycling Challenge was last held in 2020 when it was known as Majwe-AM570 Cycling Challenge. It raised P2.4 million, also for charity, then.