Dave Macready, the chief executive of Old Mutual South Africa, is a day away from completing the nine-day, 900km joBerg2c challenge to raise money for the Sunlight Safe House.
Dave Macready certainly follows the principles of sound investment when it comes to endurance events. As many wise investors know, the longer you’re in the game and the better prepared you are, the more successful you’ll be. This is true of long-distance runs and multi-day cycling races. You plot, you plan, you prepare and you stay the course for the long haul to reap the rewards.
With a SpecSavers Ironman to his name, 11 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathons in the bag, four Absa Cape Epic finishes and four successful Comrades Marathons, it’s clear that Macready follows the mantra of being prepared and planning ahead. Which served him very well with the 7th Old Mutual joBerg2c just about wrapped up. Macready is riding South Africa’s longest stage race for the first time, and undertaking the task for a good cause, the Sunlight Safe House.
The Sunlight Safe House provides emergency shelter for children in life-threatening circumstances, bridging an important gap in the Child Protection System in Gauteng. Children who have been abandoned or who need to be removed from their homes after hours because of life-threatening situations of abuse or neglect are placed in the Sunlight Safe House until the relevant statutory organisations are available to place children in temporary or permanent care. Between 15 and 20 children are placed with Sunlight Safe House every month.
“I’m thrilled to use this opportunity to raise funds for such a worthy cause,” says Macready. “At all the Old Mutual-sponsored events around South Africa we always ask runners or cyclists to participate for ‘more than yourself’. It’s a great way to give back to those who need the most.”
The “More than Yourself” campaign was launched to motivate and help generous and community-minded South Africans to join Old Mutual in raising funds for various causes. Since then, more than 1981 donations have been made, raising just under R1.7m. Participants, friends or family can make donations through a simple, secure three-step process (morethanyourself.co.za).
While raising funds is Macready’s main objective, he has also been enjoying the famed community spirit of the joBerg2c and the legendary route that started on the Highveld and ends at the ocean tomorrow. “I have been looking forward to the challenge and to many good days on the bike. Cycling for me is all about a scenic route, good friends, great banter and excellent coffee – elements, that are in abundance at joBerg2c,” he says.
Though not always afforded the opportunity due to work commitments, Macready says that a perfect morning is one spent on the bike. “There’s nothing better than the early morning, high up on a mountain, pushing personal boundaries or just finding space. On the bike, my mind wanders, it becomes creative, it solves problems, it calms down and finds a safe space.” With nine days of riding almost behind him, expect some creative and innovative ideas to emerge soon from the office of this chief executive.