At the FNB Wines2Whales there’s racing, good times and #SeriousGEES; there are thrills and spills, and there are memories made that will last a lifetime. There is also an element that often goes unnoticed to many, but to the benefactors of the charity angle of the FNB Wines2Whales, the efforts are nothing short of life-changing.

Charity and giving back have long been key characteristics of the FNB Wines2Whales, and in 2021 R144 000 was raised via the official GivenGain charity page. Of this total amount, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA team raised a whopping R55 795, with Vernon Rudman leading the charge in funds raised (R30 195). Every cent raised during the 2021 FNB Wines2Whales goes towards caring for the 300+ dogs and cats in the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s care.

“It costs us on average R110 per animal per day to meet the needs of all the animals in our care awaiting loving homes,” explained Natasha Johannes of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. “All the funds raised through this initiative will go directly into our adoption centre, which operates at R2.5 million annually. Passion is everything; and it’s united in this passion that we can change the lives of animals.”

In addition to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA now having an additional R55 795 to assist their heartfelt efforts, they, and Vernon Rudman each won an entry into the 2022 FNB Wines2Whales!

To Vernon, racing the FNB Wines2Whales was incredible, but doing it for a good cause was the cherry on top.

“To ride the iconic FNB Wines2Whales for a good cause this year made it that much more enjoyable and special. The FNB Wines2Whales has set the bar high with the new trails which both thrilled and excited all who participated as we were making history riding the Switchback for the very first time,” enthused Vernon Rudman. “The huge support along the route and at the finish each day, while wearing the Cape of Good Hope SPCA cycling kit was very touching, making all our fundraising efforts that more meaningful. We want to extend our gratitude and thank the FNB Wines2Whales Team for their kindness in allowing all the charities who participated a platform to raise much needed funds during these very challenging times.”

Entries to the 2022 FNB Wines2Whales are now open and riders can secure their entries immediately. For any riders wishing to add additional purpose to their pre-event training and racing, they can sign up to ride and fundraise for one of the FNB Wines2Whales’ official charities, or for a charity that’s close to their heart.

For more information on the official FNB W2W charities and beneficiaries, click here: https://www.wines2whales.com/involve/charities/

To secure an entry into the 2022 FNB Wines2Whales, click here: https://www.wines2whales.com/riders/entry-information/