On 4th August 2016 South African ultra-endurance cyclist and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Ambassador, Grant Lottering, also known as “Miracle Man”, completed an impossible gruelling solo non-stop ride of 962km. The ride, which included 19410m of climbing in 46 hours and 17 minutes in the French Alps, was in aide of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa as part of his Im’possible Tour III.
Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) is the proud country patron of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa, investing R3-million annually into the Foundation with R500 000 specifically earmarked for Laureus’ Youth Empowerment through Sports (YES) Programme. MBSA was also the title vehicle sponsor for the Im’possible Tour III. The vehicle sponsorship entailed a V-Class and a Vito Tourer that supported Grant on his gruelling trip. Mercedes-Benz South Africa and its Dealer Network partners also took to Grant’s fundraising challenge of ‘buying’ the peaks of the mountains that he would cross on his journey and jointly pledged R1 million.
"While still in hospital after my accident in 2013, I promised myself that I would be back in one year to finish the race I had started," Grant says.
Grant’s story is that of survival, recovery and overcoming. After suffering a near-fatal cycling accident in a race in the Italian Alps in 2013, Grant was told he would never cycle again. This however encouraged him to push himself even further, to reach beyond his limits by conquering what is deemed impossible. “While still in hospital after my accident in 2013, I promised myself that I would be back in one year to finish the race I had started. After six surgeries and close to 100 rehabilitation sessions, I was back on the bike for the first Im’Possible Tour in 2014,” he says. This was the beginning of a new journey; the first of many hope-filled tours. The second Im’Possible Tour took place in 2015, in which Lottering became the first South African to attempt to complete a solo, non-stop 420km ultra-endurance ride through the French Alps in 24 hours. Now, he has added a third Im’Possible Tour and another record to his name.
Mercedes-Benz’s and Laureus’ contribution to the lives of youngsters in South Africa´s townships and around the world is in line with the UN’s Sustainability Goals to transform our world. The third UN Sustainability Goal aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all individuals of all ages while the eleventh focuses on safe and sustainable communities. These two goals resonate strongly with the work of the Laureus Foundation globally.
Co-CEO of MBSA and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Trustee member, Florian Seidler, says: “At Mercedes-Benz South Africa, we take social responsibility extremely seriously and as a country patron in South Africa for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation we continue to make a lasting contribution in the development of the youth of South Africa through sport, assisting positive social change in the communities where Laureus is active.”
Through the annual support of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and activities such as the Im’possible Tour III, MBSA contributes to a sustainable environment for all South Africans and strive to make the UN’s sustainability goals a reality in the country as responsible corporate citizen.