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Race entrants with heart
16 May 2017

 Donovan and Harry Bailey with some of the Uzwelo school backpacks pledged by entrants of the Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo Mountain Bike Challenge &Trail Run.
Donovan and Harry Bailey with some of the Uzwelo school backpacks pledged by entrants of the Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo Mountain Bike Challenge &Trail Run.

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Thanks to the kind-hearted, generosity of entrants who took part in this year’s Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo Mountain Bike Challenge &Trail Run, over two hundred disadvantaged pupils from Mid-Illovo will receive a brand new Uzwelo school backpack.

Each year, race organisers help build and support the community through the various initiatives. This year race organisers invited entrants to add a R130 donation to their race entry to buy an Uzwelo school bag to help needy schoolchildren in the area.

The Uzwelo Bags initiative, spearheaded by Expand a Sign, sees thousands of meters of their waste textile fabric donated to teams of sewers from underprivileged backgrounds to make unique and truly South African bags and earn a living that puts food on the table for their families, funds education and provides dignity and upliftment for their communities on a long-term basis.

A total of 218 Uzwelo school bags were pledged and will be donated to pupils from Ondini Primary and Arden Primary in Mid-Illovo. Each Uzwelo school backpack has a built-in poncho that covers both the child and the school bag, ensuring that the children are kept dry and warm on their journey to school.

Uzwelo’s goal is to provide 50 000 school bags to underprivileged school children this year. “We appeal to the community to be a part of changing lives by pledging R130 to donate a new school bag to an underprivileged child. All relevant information regarding how you can get involved is on our website – www.uzwelo.co.za” says Tanya Bailey, Uzwelo COO.

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