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Date : 20 Jul 2019
Club: DE WILDT FUNDURO
Contact Number:0825740543
Email Address:anton@thegrowingbusiness.co.za

The 9th Annual de Wildt Funduro

Purpose

  • To be the leader in the provision of community upliftment by enhancing quality of life, community and education

Vision

·         To be a community capacitor.

Mission statement

·         To build long term relationships with our community and clients and provide exceptional service by pursuing business through servant hood.

Core values

·         We believe in treating our customers and community with respect and in good faith

·         We grow through serving others

·         We integrate honesty, integrity and business ethics into all aspects of our business model and community service.

Objectives

·         To generate

·         To serve

·         To reach out

·         To be

Introduction

The Funduro originated seven years ago out of very humble beginnings as part of a fund raising project initiated by concerned parents. The objective of the project was then and is still is; to generate funds for additional projects to ensure the smooth operations of the school. Originally the project was purely focused on the welfare of the school; the project however grew to also include the welfare and development of the surrounding De Wildt Communities.

 

Community Engagement:

        The primary objective of the Funduro is to positively impact the surrounding community.

        It gives the parents of the school an opportunity to strive for common goals and get involved in the upliftment of the community.

        The teachers, students and school governing body, all get the opportunity to make a contribution in one way or another.

        This once off opportunity will allow participants to view our beautiful farming community.

        Having a track through the beautiful De Wildt farmland aids in community safety.

        By inviting visitors to our community we do not only market our community, but also support local business.

        The funds raised will again be allocated and utilized for various projects to improve our local schools and community centre.

 General

Our community is situated at the foothills of the well-known Magaliesberg mountain range, where it forms the infamous Magalies mountain valley, of which de Wildt forms the heart of the area. Just say “de Wildt” to any Petrol Head and you have their attention! It makes perfect sense to host an off road event for bikes and quads in these beautiful surroundings.

February 2011 saw the birth of the Vissershoek Funduro. It started with two dads having a cold drink, after the ward athletics hosted at our school. They bounced the idea of some other dad’s and soon a team was formed that would host the Vissershoek Funduro for the school.

The first year we were blessed with rain, rain, and more rain. Yet this did not deter Petrol Heads to show up and show their support. The 45 kilometre track was wet and very muddy! The race started the morning, with just over 40 entries! Due to the challenging weather conditions, eventually only 25 riders completed the route, but the spirit amongst the riders was great and the guys and girls left with great memories and made a commitment to be back the next year.

The hosting of the 1stDe Wildt Funduro enabled the organising committee to give much needed attention to the boys and girls bathrooms at the local school.

When the group of dads, and now also some mums, came together in early 2012, it was decided to host the Funduro for the second time. But the team decided to set some solid goals; fix the 1974 Ford school bus and grow the event and host it in such a manner that it can become an annual event on the off-road calendar!

On 14 April 2012, the early morning cockerel was replaced by the roar of two and four stroke engines, the de Wildt valley was filled with excitement. Everyone from the community was anxious, as more than eighty riders lined up to concur the De Wildt Funduro.

For the first time sponsors from bike related business and others that just wanted to support a good cause and came on board early on in the planning phase of the event.

At the end of the day, riders (one or two on crutches…), marshals, and schools’ representatives got together under the welcome shade of Marula trees to share stories of the battles of the day. Much fun was had, and without any exception, they all promised to be back for the next de Wildt Funduro!

 

The 3rd Vissershoek Funduro (2013) was a huge success. Two hundred and twelve (212) riders were hosted at the event. The organisers were astounded with the growth in entries. Every single rider had fun. Some came back all smiles, others complemented the scenery along the route and others said that is was the best ride they had in years! Again everyone said that they will be back for more. Our support from sponsors and business alike grew further, from both within the dirt family and other services.

We were very happy to have the school bus fixed to its former glory, thanks to the guys and girls with petrol in their veins .This was the biggest fund raiser in the school’s history.

2014’s Success enabled to acquire a new school bus and can be summarised in the words of Simon Fourie, from Bike SA: “The Vissershoek (De Wildt) Funduro had become an iconic event on the annual off road calendar of happiness, a must for everyone some time in their lives …A good lot all of them. A breath of fresh De Wildt air, that will be sucked up and enjoyed by a happy lot of competitors and spectators , hopefully ,for many years to come “.

In 2015 we re-wrote the history books. Online entry numbers exceeded expectations, reaching the largest number of riders in an off-road event in Africa, namely three hundred and sixty eight (368).

2016 we went into space! For the first time the DE WILDT FUNDURO was broadcasted on Supersport. Rider’s numbers hit an all-time high at 376. Proving that the DE WILDT FUNDURO is still the largest dirt bike event if Africa! We also introduced the legends league. This is our way of saying thank to entities that contribute to the dirt biking industry.

2017 saw the DE WILDT FUNDURO broadcasted on Supersport for the second time. In 2017 no less than 412 riders participated in the event. We also introduced our own YouTube channel. Through the help of some crazy sponsors we also introduced our own Enduro cross section. This enabled greater exposure for sponsors and tested the riders’ technical skills to the maximum.

In 2018 we burst our seams 527 Riders ! Social media was a buzz with joyful memories being shared . The riders had an awesome day . 

As a team we believe in order for us to harvest we must plant . And we rented in some farms ...Many happy faces in our surrounding communities and schools . We also invested in ladies thru support to the Pinkdrive . 

We are proud and thankful for the support of well-known entities who contributed which included; Grundfos , Bras parts , Raceworx  KTM ,  Liqui Moly , Afrit , Pirelli , LCP roofing , Nomadic , Q4 Fuel  , McLaren Attorneys , Envirocycle , Meatgood  and Tyremart Menlyn .