Cape Town, South Africa – FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) is proud to continue its support of the Thandi Community Crèche.

Founded in March 2011 by Friends of Thandi, a British based charity organization that donated a prefab building, with furniture, books and all amenities including a copier and a telephone, the goal of the Thandi Community Crèche is to care for children from the community while their parents are at work.  The crèche receives an annual donation from FNB W2W to cover their operational expenses.  This year the donation amounted to R20 000.

According to Elizabeth Van Wyk of the Thandi Community Crèche, currently the crèche has three caregivers that take care of twenty-one children.  “The children vary in age from three months to five years.  We are open five days a week.  The children arrive at 06:40 and have Freeplay until 08.00 when they have their breakfast together in the big play room.  Afterwards everybody returns to their classrooms where they follow a daily program that makes provision for morning ring, educational ring, music ring, story ring, outside play and nap time.  They also have two snack periods as well as a lunch period before they go home the evening.”

“The Crèche benefits tremendously from the support received from FNB W2W,” continues Van Wyk.  “We were recently able to purchase a computer as well as a microwave.  We would appreciate it if the community could participate more actively in our fundraising events and help us cheer at the FNB W2W MTB events in November.”

Situated in the Lebanon Village, FNB W2W MTB participants will pass by the Thandi Community Crèche during stage two of each FNB W2W MTB Event (Adventure, Ride and Race).


Starting in the Winelands of Somerset West, riders will cross through (and over) 13 wineries, 26 private farms, six mountains, historic roads and mountain passes, nature conservation areas (including the Kogelberg Biosphere) before finishing within sight of the famous whales of Hermanus!

  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Adventure:  Friday, 30 October 2015 – Sunday, 01 November 2015 
  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride:  Monday, 02 November 2015 – Wednesday, 04 November 2015 
  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race:  Friday, 06 November 2015 – Sunday, 08 November 2015

Stage One

Start Venue:                   Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West)

Finish Venue:                 Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Distance:                          72km

Stage Two

Start Venue:                   Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Finish Venue:                 Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Distance:                          67km

Stage Three

Start Venue:                   Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Finish Venue:                 Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus)

Distance:                          74km

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For more information on the FNB Wines2Whales MTB events contact 083 760 3158, e-mail race@wines2whales.co.za, adventure@wines2whales.co.za or ride@wines2whales.co.za or visit www.wines2whales.co.za

About FNB Wines2Whales:

FNB Business and FNB Private Wealth have made a joint commitment to sponsor the annual Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Events.

FNB’s ongoing strategy is to support local and community events that show the potential to grow. This sponsorship affirms our dedication to providing an experience that is beyond expectation, through a sport that continues to grow in popularity as one of the key activities in the South African sporting calendar. The annual FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Events are aligned to our belief that adventure is the heart of innovation and this is one of many platforms on which we seek to make a lasting connection with new and existing clients.


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