Hectic Promotions is a registered non-profit corporation and boasts a proven record of accomplishment in presenting mass participation cycling events which fulfil the requirements of sponsors, government institutions, participants and our welfare projects.
It is one of the foremost cycling event organisation companies in South Africa with a long history of presenting prestigious events on the national cycling calendar that benefit several community-based welfare projects.
1. Community involvement in marshalling
We use the needy as Marshalls during our cycle races. Thereby they receive a small fee and we provide them with food.
These expenses come from the income of Hectic Promotions. We need to get the community involved to ensure the safety of riders and through their involvement more people are aware of the importance of rider' safety on the road.
We will increase the number of Marshalls to ensure greater safety - SA Cycle for Food will assist with recruiting Marshals in the community.
2. Wheelchair donations through bottle cap collection
The first wheelchair was delivered by Crawford School and it gave much joy to the recipient as well as to persons and children who contributed to the collection of bottle caps to make the donation possible.
The recycling team we have brought into existence has made a tremendous contribution and will continue to do so.
We will involve more recycling teams to assist the children at Crawford School. They are very excited about the project and want to make a bigger contribution.
Even though we collect most of the caps, the idea is that the schools / children involved feel like they are the donors and thus the recycling seed is sown early on in their lives. The youngsters must feel it is something they have achieved.
We want to stay in the background and a possible sponsor can get great exposure in this way – it’s a wonderful welfare gesture.
Furthermore, it will go a long way in making people aware of recycling. We only have one earth and we must look after it.
Our Green Caps Recycling Project is still progressing nicely, and a record is kept of all individuals who work to ensure that no unwanted elements penetrate the group.
The biggest problem remains a suitable site because our recyclers operate under difficult circumstances, yet they do a wonderful job. They earn enough through their hard labour to put food on the table for their families.
Our project can certainly serve as a model and there is still work to be done. They have a big tent had with beds / mattresses and toilets.
There are some who prefer to live differently because their privacy is apparently violated by living together, but that’s up to the individual. At least we know our recyclers have a roof over their heads and they live in hygienic conditions.
Water is a problem; hence they can’t grow their own vegetables. We made a garden for them from desert plants and they are very proud of their “home”.
The Young Christian Businessmen have decided to help, and the model will be carried further in Tshwane.
We all have a responsibility to recycle and our model creates jobs for many unemployed people.
The more people actively involved, the better the program functions.
Joseph Ntuli is a full-time employee who makes beautiful sculptures and ornaments from old tyres. He has a Senior School Certificate and we sent him for a course in gardening.
We also helped him by paying for a driving school for him to obtain a driver's license. We want to help him build a future for himself.
The recycling of old tyres through this process is a wonderful initiative. Following the training we gave Joseph he has become a true artist.
We supply him with hardware, electrical equipment and paint and his sculptures keep getting better.
They attract quite a bit of attention and the demand for his products is continually growing.
Tyre companies have bought into the project and keep on supplying us with old tyres.
Every year we donate between 400 to 500 seedling plants to the church and they use the funds they generate from sales to provide needy old age homes with food. We also grow plants for CHOC Houses and the Tshwane Clinics.
6. CHOC House garden.
It’s vitally important to make the house where these children live beautiful and child friendly. Many children come from Limpopo and Mpumalanga and they spend a few weeks there at a time while being treated for cancer.
We have painted the outside walls in collaboration with Dr. Maretha van der Merwe and the Tshwane Health Inspectors who did this as part of their Mandela Project.
They frequently do such projects with us as part of their contribution to Mandela Day.
The garden at the Choc House is progressing beautifully and it will be one of the most beautiful gardens in the area.
7. Homeless vegetable cultivation project
The Tshwane Metro have approached us to assist at two shelters for the homeless in the city centre.
The residents would like to grow their own vegetables and there is one homeless person who knows the process well and can assist in growing vegetables.
He will train the residents so that they can make an active contribution to produce their own food.
We will assist with the tyres in which the vegetables will be grown as well as compost. We will also monitor the progress.
8. Katjiepiering school
The pre-primary school in Hermanstad has 93 pupils from all population groups. The little school has existed for the past 40 years and the current head, Mrs. Annette Cunniff has been with the school since 1988.
The school is dependent on donations because the parents cannot pay school fees. The school has a lot of potential to be one of the best in the area.
There is urgent maintenance work that must be done, but funds are not available.
We work with the Metro Food Bank and organise donations of fresh fruit and vegetables and we will beautify the little school for the children.
We replaced the roof at an expense of R80 000 with funds from the Bestmed Tshwane Classic in 2019.
Three years ago, the Tshwane Metro gave us permission to start renovating two clinics for them. One is in Atteridgeville and the other in Lyttleton.
The Tshwane Metro gave us a workshop/storeroom where all Joseph’s ornaments are produced. There is also enough room to store the unused tyres - space is a big problem.
The establishment of vegetable gardens at these clinics is still a challenge because they must train their gardeners to maintain and regularly water the gardens.
The plants we use, are hardy and drought resistant plants.
10. Job creation
These projects have led to a job creation project. It is important that the workers at these projects must be reliable and they must be able to work independently.
The path that we’ve laid out this stage with Joseph Ntuli is excellent. He has distinguished himself as someone who can carry on with his assignments without supervision.
The remuneration package / benefits he receives now isn’t enough and we want to give this our serious attention.
A jobless artist has also crossed out path and we would like to accommodate her to refine the painting of ornaments and raise the standard. Mieke Point has already hinted that she would like to assist us until she has established herself as an artist.
11. Cullinan environment
The area has many informal settlements living in poverty. The Provincial Councillor Adriana Randall assist us with upliftment work in the area.
She is well acquainted with the area and with the Premier Mining Group would like to assist us in the area.
We started by delivering 600 knitted beanies for small children at nursery schools during last winter.
We are currently working to beautify the small schools’ play areas with ornaments. The community appreciates our project.
They showed their support of the Diamond Classic bicycle race that we present to raise awareness for cyclists’ safety
12. Royal Bofokeng Chief - Sun City
The Chief of the Royal Bafokeng Nation gave us permission to use his grounds in the Sun City area in order to significantly improve our mountain bike race.
We are currently engaged in negotiations with Cycling South Africa to host the SA Championships in along out Cycle4Cansa race.
As a token of our appreciation for his gesture, we donated beanies and garden ornaments so they can decorate nursery schools.
It is important to gain the goodwill of the local people to ensure the smooth running of the Cycle4CANSA race.
There is currently a great need for old office equipment which have become obsolete at their institutions where they were in use.
They want the equipment and computers donated to them to assist in the teaching kids at schools.
As we strengthen our friendship, we will look at job creation projects to help alleviate poverty
We have staged the Cycle4Cansa race at Sun City for the past 22 years. Race proceeds are donated to CANSA.
We are in the final planning stages to present a second event in aid of CANSA at Lanseria. The race will be known as the Joburg Classic.
14. Knitting Project
In our society there are so many lonely pensioners who wish to deliver a contribution to assist needy children.
The knitting project yielded 500 beanies in the first year, 1600 in 2018 and 2500 in 2019. The number of volunteers is often more than the wool we can provide.
The major challenge remains to get a provider who doesn’t charge exorbitant prices for wool.
The wool must meet certain standard but can by any colour.
It gives children a lot of joy and keeps them warm in winter!