Nordex sponsors Chaeli Campaign in ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike race
Nordex Energy South Africa, part of the global wind turbine company, has pledged R40,000 to help power one of the world’s premier pedal-driven challenges starting on Sunday, March 23, 2014.
The sponsorship deal is being made through Nordex Education Trust, the empowerment arm of Nordex Energy South Africa, and will co-sponsor the Cheali Campaign’s participation in the week-long, ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike race.
The sponsorship cash will pay for the participation of two Chaeli Riders in the 718km race and follows on the Chaeli Campaign and Nordex partnership’s success in the recent 109km Cape Argus Cycle Tour held on March 9 2014.
Anne Henschel, Nordex South Africa’s Managing Director, said: “We are inspired by Chaeli’s story and drive to provide ‘Hope in Motion. Her story mutually aligns with our own goals as a global turbine company in Africa.”
Thembakazi Chagonda, a Trustee of the Nordex Education Trust, said: “The Chaeli Campaign embodies the spirit of resilience, empowerment and creativity in education that we value and appreciate.
“Our focus as the Nordex Education Trust is to assist historically disadvantaged and marginalised people in South Africa to gain access to education and training skills to facilitate their participation in the economy.”
The ABSA Epic Race includes 14,850m of climbing over eight days beginning at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville and finishes at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West.
The Chaeli Campaign is an NPO based in Plumstead Cape Town that seeks to mobilise the minds and bodies of differently-abled children throughout South Africa.
This initiative follows on a R250,000 donation made by Nordex to The Chaeli Campaign in December 2013 and ties in with other events and activities of the Nordex Trust such as:
· R59,500 to support fourteen historically disadvantaged Chaeli team members participating in the Dancing for the Disabled: 2013 National Championships;
· R80,000 to support The Chaeli Campaign Early Childhood Development: Inclusive Education Programme.
· R56,000 toward the salary of a Chaeli Campaign Therapist and Facilitator for one month.
· The R63,000 sponsorship of The Cheali Campaign team in the Argus Cycle Tour – a 109km race, on 9 March 2014.
The Chaeli Campaign was founded in 2004 by five young girls who raised R20,000 to purchase a wheelchair for Chaeli Mycroft the young South African woman after whom the NPO is named.
The Chaeli Campaign has grown since then to mobilise the bodies and minds of children with disabilities through eight programmes which include therapies, outreach programmes, vocation and rehabilitation programmes, and inclusive education facilitation.
In 2005, at the age of 10, Chaeli Mycroft became the youngest ever finalist in the Shoprite Checkers/SABC 2 Woman of the Year Award and has gone on to win numerous other accolades including: the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011 and a medal for Social Activism at the Nobel Laureate Peace Summit in 2012.
Zelda Mycroft, mother of Chaeli and CEO of The Chaeli Campaign, said: “We are appreciative of the support and assistance of the Nordex Trust.
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.