Greetings from TEAM UTHANDO.
Once again, in 2017 Team Uthando will be cycling this race to raise funds to support the incredible work of the Amy Biehl Foundation.
The 109km race take place on the 12th of March 2017 and it is the largest timed cycle tour in the world . http://www.cycletour.co.za/
Our goal is to raise a minimum of R109 000.00 R1000.00 per kilometre.
Donations are tax deductible for South Africans.
The Amy Biehl Foundation is a non-profit organisation that offers programmes to develop and empower youth (5 – 18 years of age) by supplementing the shortcomings of the educational system in the townships of South Africa. Reaching over 2000 youngsters every day, the programmes unlock their creative talent with the aim of producing future leaders, well rounded global citizens and entrepreneurs. Giving the children hope and a brighter future, the programmes also have a positive effect on the communities, reducing the levels of crime, gangs, drugs, HIV / Aids and violence.
To fully understand the history and background to the Amy Biehl Foundation, please watch the following video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Run13Gxu7tM
Educational and cultural activities include:
- After School Care
- HIV / AIDS Peer Education
- Computer Literacy
- Music (e.g. Violin, Guitar, Recorder, Marimba, Choral Singing and Brass)
- Creative Arts (e.g. Beading)
- Drama & Dance (Kwaito, Modern, Traditional and Ballet)
- Sport (e.g. dance, soccer, hockey, swimming, diving, cricket, netball)
- Greening and Environment
History of the Amy Biehl Foundation
The Foundation is named after American student Amy Biehl, who worked with members of the African National Congress (ANC) at the University of the Western Cape’s Community Law Centre on the new Constitution and Women’s Rights, as well as helped register voters for the country’s first free elections in 1994.
On August 25 1993, Amy Biehl’s life was tragically cut short in an act of political mob violence in the Gugulethu Township just outside of Cape Town. Four young men were convicted of her murder, and after spending 5 years in prison were granted amnesty through the parents of Amy and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Determined to honour Amy’s love of South Africa and her belief in the truth and reconciliation process, Amy’s parents founded the organisation. Two of the men that killed Amy, joined Amy’s mom, Linda Biehl in working for the Amy Biehl Foundation…..and they still work together to this day!