WINES2WHALES Proudly Continues To Support The Botriver Education Foundation

Cape Town ~ The organisers of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events are proud to continue their support of the Botriver Education Foundation (BEF).

 Established in 2005, the BEF is a voluntary association that aims to motivate and encourage students in the Botriver community to study in the fields of engineering, accounting and medicine.

 “The BEF is about academic success for students within the organization,” says Anthony Hess, BEF Coordinator.  “The foundation sees mentoring as a multi-faceted development tool.   We take the pupils from as early as Grade 8 and nurture them through their schooling career and hopefully into an institution of higher learning. Our mission is to develop a community to one day see at least one graduate in each household in Botriver.  The BEF is also about human development, about developing a community as a whole, about community involvement and ownership. The financial assistance received from W2W helps us with transport cost, accommodation, registration and educational excursions.”

 “We are proud to be able to assist the BEF in making a difference in the lives of the youth of Botriver and its surrounding areas,” says Johan Kriegler, FNB W2W MTB Director.  “The BEF’s objective is to assist pupils who show an academic drive and potential, to further their studies at Universities and colleges.  Born and bred in Botriver, Dr Anthony Hess has a passion for facilitating better lives with better education.  FNB W2W is proud to be associated with this initiative.”   

 The BEF’s annual fund raising event, the Botrivier Van Der Stel Pass Challenge will take place on 23 and 24 October 2015.

Date: Event:
Friday, 23 October 2015 21km, 10km and 5km run or walk
Saturday, 24 October 2015 60km, 40km and 15km mountain bike event
  15km and 8km trail run or walk

For further information on the Botrivier Van Der Stel Pass Challenge contact Wilfred on 0833241846, email or visit


A three day stage MTB race, participants can choose between the fun-filled FNB W2W MTB Adventure, a slightly more relaxed FNB W2W MTB Ride and the action-packed FNB W2W MTB Race.

  • 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, or or visit

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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