19 July 2013 - Aurecon is a proud sponsor of several youth projects run by Songo.info, an organisation that rolls-out upliftment programmes among the 33 000 people of the impoverished community of Kayamandi township in Stellenbosch, Western Cape.
On 6 July 2013, Aurecon staff and members of Team Aurecon, the company’s highly successful sub-veteran cycling team, were greeted by the founder of the charity, Songo Fipaza, at the Songo Clubhouse in readiness for the third Songo/Aurecon Funride event.
The day began with the exciting handover of cycling equipment and gear to the enthusiastic cycling youths from the township. This comprised a donation of three brand new road bicycles, six new helmets, Aurecon branded water bottles and Team Aurecon cycling kit. The group of exuberant young cyclists then set off on the 40 km Funride towards Muldersvlei and along the Old Paarl Road to Klapmuts, returning to Stellenbosch over some challenging rolling hills. Team Aurecon manned the front and back of the peloton to ensure road safety at all times, while individual young riders were given advice on technique and encouragement to keep up the pace.
The Songo.info organisation is the successful product of Songo Fipaza’s dream to help uplift the Kayamandi community that he has lived in for most of his life. His greatest concern is for the children exposed to the hazards of poverty and unemployment, which can so easily lead to drug and alcohol abuse and gangsterism. Songo’s aim is to create a community where the children can feel safe and cared for, allowing them to develop into balanced citizens. Sporting activities have been a key element in developing character and confidence among the youth.
The Funride was a tremendous outing for all the cyclists and a wonderful opportunity for Aurecon staff to continue building relationships with the young riders. Event organiser, Simon van Wyk, Aurecon Associate, comments: “By upskilling these young cyclists we look forward to the day when we may see some of them taking their place in Team Aurecon.”