The EPT Initiative partnered with the FNB Wines2Whales Crèche Initiative to assist implementing sustainable educational programs & financial support for minor renovations, building maintenance as well as the supply of necessary items to the crèches in the Botrivier community.

Botrivier is a small area in the Western Cape region of South Africa. This community is 1.5 hours from Cape Town and has some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery South Africa has to offer, however it also has some of the poorest and impoverished families in the Western Cape.  The Botrivier community use what little resources they have to build and maintain stand-alone crèches for their children.  It’s basic but it’s all they have. Sometimes the floor is wet, even muddy and the structures often break or develop cracks due to the harsh weather conditions of the Western Cape. Learning and playing in these conditions is tough – we saw it and wanted to make a difference where it was most effective.


The EPT Initiative once again teamed up with the FNB Wines2Whales Crèche Initiative to continue providing awareness and funding towards the projects and upliftment interventions in this community.

In this year, we proudly selected 4 special EPT ambassadors who took on the challenging Wines2Whales 3-day MTB race to raise awareness and funds on behalf of both the EPT Initiative and the FNB Wines2Whales Crèche Initiative.

These 4 individuals, from different sporting backgrounds, shared in this passion to form the EPT riding team and bring the mixture of novice and experienced riders together. They not only were challenged to reach the physical goal of train, gain and maintain right through to the finish line of the Wines2Whales MTB race but also committed to this much needed financial injection. The EPT Ambassadors raised R100,000 (approximately £6000) for the EPT Initiative in this year.


Children in the Wilderness is the organiser and beneficiary of the annual Nedbank Tour de Tuli multi-stage mountain bike event. In 2018, the tour raised R1,8 million for the Children in the Wilderness programme, helping it sustain its projects across Africa, and continue to positively influence the lives of its many young participants living in the rural areas around Wilderness Safaris’ areas of operation. In 2019, EPT Recovery provided the recovery zone at the event at no charge to Tour de Tuli in order to aid their overall fundraising activities.