In September 2016, 70 leading South African business executives joined cycling champion Robbie Hunter and extreme sportsman Martin Dreyer on the ninth Change A Life Cycle Tour organised by Computershare to raise funds to combat crime.
The 2016 Change A Life tour ventured beyond Africa's borders for the first time, taking the cyclists on a challenging four-day 500 km journey across the tropical island of Mauritius. There was opportunity for climbing as the cyclists ventured into the mountainous interior of the island, with its natural park and rainforest, waterfalls and native fauna such as the flying fox. One of the days involved a 212 km ride around the circumference of the island.
Business leaders who participated in the year's event included Nicky Newton-King, CEO of the JSE, Diane Radley, CEO of Old Mutual Investment Group, Itumeleng Kgaboesele, CEO of Sphere Holdings, Dr Bobby Ramasia, Principal Officer of Bonitas, George Todd, CEO of Merchants, a Dimension Data company, Anthony Diack, Managing Director of DSV, Thabo Leeuw, Executive Director of the Thesele Group, Dr Karsten Wellner, CEO of Ascendis Health and Dirk Reyneke, Group Executive of FBP Retail Telkom.
The 2016 Change A Life Cycle Tour had five primary day sponsors in Aspen Pharmacare, Telkom, Old Mutual Investment Group and Old Mutual Wealth, and Merchants, a Dimension Data company. In 2016, in line with the Change A Life approach of partnering with the communities we visit, we received generous support from Mauritius-based MCB Private Banking which sponsored all of the lunches, the gala dinner and the medals.