Following the success of the first Trollope Mining Services Lesotho High Altitude Challenge in 2012, the Company decided to take on the mountains of Lesotho for a second time!
This year TMS aimed to target Education and intended to reach out to underprivileged schools in the Delmas area of the Mpumalanga Province. The main motivation for TMS in selecting Education as the beneficiary of this initiative is the lack of qualified engineers in the mining and construction sector. The Company believes that by contributing to enhancing secondary education, more pupils will be able to meet the high standards required at a tertiary level.
To achieve this goal TMS teamed up with Dimension Data in order to implement e-learning programmes in a selection of secondary schools in Mpumalanga. Dimension Data would implement and provide on-going monitoring of the e-learning program, whilst TMS would use funds raised to increase the number of e-learning programmes implemented as well as improve the infrastructure of schools selected.
Months of preparation, planning, fundraising and hard work reached its climax on the morning of 18 February 2013. Thanks to the commitment and passion of those involved in putting together this incredible event for a second time, all the brave cyclists who signed up for the challenge as well as the overwhelming generosity of 89 sponsors, the TMS Lesotho High Altitude Cycle Challenge 2013 was kicked off in high spirits and with loads of enthusiasm.
The journey that involves cycling a distance of approximately 250km across Lesotho over three days, entering at the Caledonspoort border post near Fouriesburg and finishing with a nerve-racking descent down Sani Pass, would again turn out to be mentally, physically and emotionally challenging for each of the 32 cyclists who signed up.
Hard grafting by the backup team which consisted of 10 standby vehicles, 2 motorcycles and 23 highly enthusiastic members ensured that the expedition was a smooth one and that drinks, food, snacks, extra kit, sunscreen, medical supplies, moral support and spare parts was available at all times.
Trollope Mining Services would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person involved in this challenge for their contribution to its success. Thanks to the overwhelming response from suppliers and sponsors, for which TMS is sincerely grateful, the Company was able to raise R 1,149,250.