2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe
Dusi Charity Batch open for business
Pietermaritzburg – With the summer rains falling throughout KwaZulu-Natal
and 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon fever taking hold, paddlers are starting
to take advantage of the option to join the charity batch ahead of the race
from 18-20 February.
Every year the money raised from the Dusi charity batch is split two ways
with money going to the hard-working Duzi Umgeni Conservation Trust (DUCT)
and the Valley Chiefs Fund – a fund set up in support of the communities in
the Valley of a Thousand Hills that the race traverses.
DUCT was established in 2006 by paddlers as a way to champion the
environmental health of the uMsundusi and uMgeni Rivers. The role that DUCT
plays in trying to conserve the river systems is a continuous project.
General Manager of DUCT Faye Brownell and her team appreciate all the
assistance they can get in the ongoing fight against river pollution.
“The health of the Dusi River is very poor,” Brownell said frankly.
“Industrial spills, raw sewage, and volumes of solid waste are an ongoing
nightmare. DUCT works tirelessly at local, community, and government level
to find ways to bring sustainable positive improvements. But the job is
bigger than just DUCT.”
The charity batch has been set up to help DUCT when their funding might not
cover certain projects and Brownell is hopeful that paddlers for the 2021
Dusi will dig deep into their pockets for a spot in the prestigious batch.
“We all need to value the river as a part of our community. Paddlers have a
key role as the eyes and ears on the ground, reporting their concerns.
“Paddlers can also be community mobilisers, highlighting the importance of
good river health, and raising funds to help organisations like DUCT.
“The Dusi Charity Batch is one of these ways to help. Do your bit - bid
high, raise the stakes, and help us to keep up the work on the Dusi!” she
The Valley Chiefs Fund is an organisation that benefits through donations
toward projects that are needed through the valley.
There are a number of different communities that the race moves through and
with this money they work on uplifting the local people.
The bidding process for the charity batch has a few rules that need to be
adhered to throughout.
Paddlers need to post a minimum bid of R1000 to get themselves in the
running for a spot in the batch, however there are only 60 places in the
batch that will make up G Batch which starts at 06:50am on Thursday of Dusi.
The convenience of starting at the same early time on each day of the race
is hugely appealing given the possibility of temperatures soaring later in
The MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon Charity Batch is open with bidding closing on
11 February 2021.
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The 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place from 18-20 February 2021.
Entry details and more information can be found at
Website : www.dusi.co.za
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communities that the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon traverses through the
Valley of a Thousand Hills are one of the beneficiaries, though the Valley
Chiefs Fund, of the Charity Batch along with the Duzi Umgeni Conservation
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