Audit, Advisory and Tax firm, BDO South Africa has put its weight behind the 1965Ride by sponsoring one of its employees, and 1965Ride cyclist, Ashley Truscott, to cycle the 850km from Heidelberg to Queenstown in April. This is an annual cycle (since 2011) by amateur cyclists to raise funds for educational opportunities for talented by disadvantaged youngsters in the Queenstown area.
CEO Mark Stewart said the firm decided to become a sponsor of the 1965Ride because the physical dedication by the cyclists demonstrates a commitment to furthering education in one of the most disadvantaged regions of the country.
“BDO understands that education is vital to the growth of the South African economy. While we devote time and money to ensuring the growth and development of young Chartered Accountants (CAs), it is equally important to ensure that youngsters have quality educational opportunities from the day they set foot in school. We believe the 1965Ride sets out to achieve this.”
The firm has a strong CSI drive, with employees being encouraged to give support, whether financially or through their time. BDO’s CSI initiatives span other educational institutions as well as homes for the aged, women and children. This is the first year that BDO is involved with the 1965Ride.
“It would be great if other consulting firms, particular audit firms, took up the 1965Ride sponsorship challenge, and supported the efforts of the cyclists,” says Stewart.
Visit www.1965ride.co.za for further information.