The Phat Ride is on

734.49

Kilometers cycled so far

What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?

The Phat GM thanks you for your donation

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PHAT Defined:


Phat {fat}
ADJECTIVE
Informal 1. excellent. "a London crew with a really phat funk sound" - or in our case a lodge manager with a 'phat' passion for his people and equally 'phat' management skills - Synonyms: excellent · wonderful · marvelous · magnificent · superb · splendid · glorious · sublime · lovely · delightful · first-class · first-rate · outstanding · and the list goes on.
Gerhard and Leon

The PHAT GM Rides

This awareness campaign and fundraising initiative was created to help alleviate some of the financial pressures and hardships that businesses and employees in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry face due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

WHO?

With a small but dedicated support team, Leon Rennison, General Manager of Lythwood Lodge, and Gerhard Botha of Rivers Labour Consultants, takes on a 1000KM expedition in aid of the industry they both work in, and the people they have grown to love.

WHY?

We are riding for OUR industry. The cycle tour gives us a way to put our COMPASSION IN MOTION. We don’t just want to speak about the hardships of our people, but do something about it.

WHAT?

The team will be Mountain Biking for awareness of their industry’s plight. Their main goal is fundraising to feed struggling families, tell the hard, but inspiring stories on route, and share their knowledge and skill with managers and employees on their way.



The PHAT GM Rides

Why Now?


The Tourism and Hospitality Industry opens its doors on Wednesday, 19 August, for the first time since April when the Covid-19 lockdown was implemented in South Africa.

The impact of the last 4.5 months is ongoing and far from over. The industry faces huge loss of income, forced short-time, and countless retrenchments. Tourism and Hospitality will continue to struggle until international travel bans are lifted fully.

Hope sounds for a quick recovery, but a many anticipate that it could take period of 2 to 3 years for our economy to bounce back from this pandemic - in a new and adapted way.

Establishments in SA will lean heavily on the support from local communities and loyal South African travelers.
THIS IS WHERE PHAT GM RIDES FITS IN…
 

“We would like to share the trails and challenges of business owners and their employees during this time, but more importantly, how they survive and overcome it.” PHAT GM RIDES

Our Financial Goal


To raise funds for struggling employees in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry.

To utilise funds, donations and sponsorships and provide food parcels for these employees on route.

Every R300 raised will provide food for a family of 4 for 2 weeks.

A portion of funds raised will be used to fund campaign costs, travel and subsistence of the team. Funds will be managed strictly and ethically.

Our volunteers

 

PGR Stories

September 14, 2020

TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 12 & 13 FROM KINMEL GUEST FARM AND LODGE TO WALKERBOUTS INN, RHODES

Thursday and Friday, 10 & 11 September 2020.  The sun just came up over the mountains at Kinmel Guest Farm close to Rhodes where we had […]
September 14, 2020

TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 8 & 9 FROM RESTHAVEN GUESTHOUSE, MATATIELE TO VREDERUS WILD TROUT FARM, MATATIELE

Sunday & Monday, 6 – 7 September 2020.  This morning, Philip Rawlins of Resthaven Guesthouse showed us a hidden gem at the top of Matatiele, about […]
September 14, 2020

TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 6 & 7 FROM ST BERNARDS PEAK MOUNTAIN LODGE, ELANGA SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG TO RESTHAVEN GUEST HOUSE, MATATIELE

Friday & Saturday, 4 – 5 September 2020.  We started day 6 with a beautiful, full moon sunrise at St Bernards Peak Mountain Lodge, and are […]
September 14, 2020

THE STRUGGLE IS REAL – JOURNEY NOTES DAY 4

Coleford Lodge, Underberg – They were preparing for their big income during March and April 2020 – then Covid hit.  Not different to any other tourism […]
September 14, 2020

TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 4 & 5 FROM COLEFORD LODGE, UNDERBERG TO ST BERNARDS PEAK MOUNTAIN LODGE, ELANGA SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG

Wednesday & Thursday, 2 – 3 September 2020.  Day 4 is a rest day and boy are we grateful.  At Coleford Lodge we met Esmarie and […]
September 7, 2020
Day 3

TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 3 FROM DUNFORD’S LOFTS, HIMEVILLE TO COLEFORD LODGE, UNDERBERG

Tuesday, 1 September 2020.  We woke to a cold and overcast winter-spring morning in the Southern Drakensberg, and with a strong cup of Terbodore Coffee the […]
September 4, 2020

TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 2 FROM MOUNT PARK GUEST FARM TO DUNFORD’S LOFTS, HIMEVILLE

Monday, 31 August 2020.  Last night our friends at Compendium Insurance Brokers shared some gifts with the Phat team – Compendium riding gear!  A perfect fit, […]
August 31, 2020

TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 1 FROM LYTHWOOD LODGE TO MOUNT PARK GUEST FARM

30 August 2020, 9am. The PHAT GM RIDES team set off on the first leg of our 1000KM journey from the KZN Midlands to Jeffreys Bay […]