17 000 km world record drive benefits the local environment

Having claimed his eighth world record title this month in the Cape-to-Cape Challenge – which involved a 17 000 km drive from Nordkapp, Norway, to Cape Town, South Africa within the space of just 12 days – adventure driver Rainer Zietlow offset his carbon emissions by donating €4 000 (R60 000+) to FTFA.

The German explorer’s Challenge4 team and Volkswagen are celebrating their latest feat together with numerous high-profile sponsors, including global powertrain and vehicle safety technology leader Federal-Mogul, by giving back to the local community at a special ceremony being hosted at the Tshebedisano Primary School though Food & Trees for Africa in Pimville, Soweto, south of Johannesburg.

FTFA develops, promotes and facilitates greening, climate change action, food security and sustainable natural resource use and management. Since its establishment in 1990, the charity has planted over 4.2-million trees, and has been responsible for the implementation of thousands of natural food gardens, bamboo projects and organic farms across Africa.

Trees for All programme manager Chantel Louw says: “This substantial donation will help us to plant more than 500 trees. Based on our calculations, the Challenge4 team would need to plant 21 trees to offset the emissions from their flight, and another 13 to offset their road travel. They have far exceeded this requirement, which proves just how environmentally-conscious and responsible they are.”

Zietlow adds that these impressive performances are not just about setting records, but making a difference to the lives of those less fortunate whom he and the Challenge4 team encounter during the attempts. “It is important that we leave a lasting legacy in the regions where we set our records, and I am optimistic that these trees will benefit generations to come,” he states.

For more information on Food & Trees for Africa visit www.trees.co.za. To find out more on the details of the Cape-to-Cape challenge, and previous challenges completed by the Challenge4 team, logon to www.challenge4.de.

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