It was a proud moment when we were able to announce that MyLife would be the title
sponsor for the 2021 Dusi Canoe Marathon. As the weekend of the 18th, 19th and 20th of
March 2021 approached, we started preparing our team and communities for the
opportunity ahead. We saw the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon as an incredible, powerful
platform to bring awareness to the issues of litter and water quality in our local
environment. When it comes to affordable nutrition, our rivers and sustainability as a whole
— we are passionate and determined to make a positive impact.
To prepare for the exciting event, we held a few litter cleanups leading up to the big day.
The entrants, both locally and from abroad, deserved to see and appreciate the best our
beautiful province has to offer. As part of this involvement, we wanted to highlight the
importance of small steps to make a big change. Picking up litter and encouraging those
around us to do the same is a big and influential step. Our first clean-up started in
November 2020 at Camps Drift. We partnered with DUCT for the MyLife Weir for our next
clean up in December. At the end of January we held another litter drive at Mussons –
LowLevel Bridge, and then partnered with Adopt-A-River on the 17th of February for the
Finger Neck – Mission Rapid clean-up. Our second to last clean-up was another partnered
event with DUCT at Camps Drift – Ernie Pearce Weir – before wrapping up on the 18th of
March with our final clean-up at Mission Rapid. The big race day was finally here — the start
of our iconic MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon.
At each clean-up, dressed proudly in our MyLife shirts, we collected approximately 50 to
100 bags of rubbish. It was amazing to be joined by the UKZN rugby students who
supported us for a lot of the clean-up work. DUCT and Adopt-A-River also contributed so
much to ensure our clean-ups were successful. We are grateful for the time, effort, energy
and value these organisations added.
Thank you to the PMB Chamber of Business that posted an article about our work during
the clean-ups. If you weren’t able to be part of the MyLife Dusi this year, all of the action is
still available for review, some laughs and all of the in-between beauty up on the Facebook
page. Check out the results, Dusi history and more on the official website page too. For
those who were able to be with us — thank you for your contribution to the
amazing event. We’re already excited about the next one!