Each year, the route on the Nedbank Tour de Tuli traverses the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMTFCA) which includes Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Riding is predominantly along ancient elephant trails, giving participants the opportunity to experience wonderful scenery, get close to wildlife, and interact with communities in the area.
Along these beautiful routes, a stop at a Children in the Wilderness Eco-Club School is always included. This year, the cyclists visited Lentswe-Le-Moriti Primary School. What a heartwarming day it was watching our children interacting with the cyclists, being whizzed around the school ground on their bicycles, singing and dancing!
Lentswe is one of six schools in the Bobirwa Region in Botswana in which CITW is involved. Tanya McKenzie, our CITW Programme Coordinator in the Bobirwa Region, works with Gobojango, Lentswe, Mathathane, Mothlabaneng, Mabolwe, Semolale Primary Schools, running our weekly Eco-Club programme in the schools. Isabel Wolf-Gillespie assists Tanya on the ground as our Eco-CLub Coordinator, visiting the schools and teachers as often as possible to ensure the progress and sustainability of the CITW programme. Children from each of these schools are invited to attend our Annual Camps.
Wilderness Safaris sponsored school backpacks with a stationery set – one for each child who was there for the day to celebrate with our cyclists, and one for each child involved in our Eco-Clubs across the six schools. Thank you Wilderness Safaris for your generosity!
A huge thank you to our wonderful Eco-Mentor Teachers who run our programme so successfully in this Region! You are our Eco-Stars! Thank you for handing out the backpacks to your Eco-Club children back at school 🙂