President Ian Khama and selected Cabinet Ministers are expected to undertake a 100km cycling expedition alongside Bank Gaborone’s Managing Director Sybrand Coetzee and his selected executive management team on Sunday.
The charitable event is aimed at raising funds for the President’s housing appeal as well as the Bank Gaborone Financial literacy program that seeks to educate Batswana on financial matters.
When briefing members of the media on Tuesday, Coetzee said the event that is expected to commence at Airport Junction Mall’s Pylon Park will see participants cycling just after Mmamashia and back.
He added that partners and sponsors are also expected to join the cycling teams that will include five members from the Office of the President and five from Bank Gaborone.
While the purpose of the cycle is primarily charitable, Coetzee said the inaugural event was also intended to forge partnerships.
“When I took over as Managing Director in July 2015 we came up with a 3-year strategy in which I challenged my staff to align our thinking to growing and celebrating relationships, especially the Marketing and Communications department who are responsible for how we communicate our strategy,” he said.
Initially, Coetzee said, the idea was to host a challenge between himself and President Khama in order to raise funds for charity.
“The initial proposal was a challenge between the two of us but as we engaged with our partner, the Office of the President it became clear that this is much bigger than two people. It is a multipronged approach which is about public private partnerships and community, especially seeing that we will be celebrating 50 years of independence as a country,” he said.
The event will be held in partnership with The Presidents Charitable Trust, MVA Fund, Department of Roads Transport and Safety, Yarona FM, The Voice, RB1, RB2, BTV and Daily News.