Here’s To A Successful MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon

March 29, 2021

It was such an incredibly proud and momentous experience for MyLife to be part of the
Dusi Canoe Marathon. We had excitedly been preparing for the event since announcing
our involvement as a title sponsor late last year. This year’s event felt a little extra special
as we were celebrating the 70th edition of this iconic challenge, and had many positive
takeaways for the community and organizers.

The iconic three-day event which was held between Pietermaritzburg and Durban in mid-
March this year proved to be a massive success – this is despite having to host the race
during the pandemic and having to postpone the race due to COVID-19 disruptions. A
strict set of Covid-19 rules and regulations were complied with throughout the event to
ensure the safety and well-being of all participants and their support crew. Despite these
challenges, the event managed to host just over 700 paddlers and raise an impressive
R101 347 towards charity.

In addition to being a title sponsor for the event, our team was happy to sponsor some of
the local key athletes that participated in the race, namely: Khumbulani Nzimande,
Msawenkosi Mtolo, Thulani Mbanjwa, and Bridgitte Hartley. These extraordinary talents
found triumph in this year’s event. Mtolo and Msia as well as Hartley, in particular, were
victorious in holding the Non-Stop Dusi title and women’s third-place finisher title
respectively. We are extremely proud of these athletes and congratulate them on their
amazing performance.

The event was so well organized that it received praise from and helped inspire the
organisers of the Berg River Canoe Marathon (this annual race is set to celebrate its 60th
anniversary in July). One of the major positives from this year’s race was the improved
water quality.

Our team is especially passionate about helping improve the water quality in the area and
is dedicated to highlighting the important issue of littering in South Africa. While we know
the massive role being a part of this premier event plays in helping us achieve these goals,
we also wanted to create that extra bit of excitement and build awareness for these issues
ahead of the race by hosting litter cleanups. We are overjoyed to have been able to
successfully host six river clean-ups between November 2020 and March 2021, collecting
over 300 bags of rubbish – a huge thank you once again to DUCT, Adopt-A-River, and the
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal rugby students that kindly helped us with these events.
These clean-ups all form part of the city-wide MoveONEMillion campaign – we want to
encourage all South Africans to help us reach the goal of collecting one million bags of
trash nationally. If we work together, we can all help make our environment a cleaner and
safer space.

Be sure to check out the Facebook page if you weren’t able to join us for the action,
excitement, sights, and thrills from this year’s event. You can also check out the official
website for a full list of winners and results from the day. Thank you once again to
everyone involved in bringing this important and incredible event to life. We look forward to
achieving similar (or greater) success in next year’s MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon!

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