Computershare launched Change a Life in South Africa in 2008 to help combat the scourge of crime and to strive for a hopeful future for all South Africans. Change a Life supports five highly effective projects that tackle crime by supporting the use of DNA in crime detection and prevention and stopping crime where it takes root amongst South Africa's youth.
Funds raised by Change a Life South Africa are channeled via the Mike Thomson Change a Life Trust which was set up to help combat crime following the tragic murder of senior Computershare manager Mike Thomson in September 2007.
Change a Life's primary fundraiser is the annual Change a Life Cycle Tour.
Change a Life Cycle Tours
- It was off to the Zambezi River Valley for the 2015 Change a Life Nyami Nyami Tour. The tour took place from 4 to 9 September. Cycling 510km, the cycle tour started in the Victoria Falls and ended at Lake Kariba.
- The 2014 Change a
Life Masquerade Cycle Tour took place from 13 to 18 September and
promised to be one of our most dramatic tours yet. The four day 600 km cycle tour will started in the
beautiful Western Cape and more than fulfill ed our participants’ expectations of
an extreme challenge.
- The recent 2013 Nguni tour saw 72 executives face a five day 600 km cycle event tracking southern Africa’s deep cultural roots, exploring the migration routes of the ancient Nguni people who formed the dominant African cultures of our region.
- The 2012 High Five cycle tour returned home to South Africa with 75 of South Africa's leading business executives completing a 550 km cycle (including a 5 000 meter climb) through the Waterberg in Limpopo. The cyclists were accompanied by SA road race champion Robbie Hunter.
- In the 2011 Wild West tour a team of 70 executive cyclists travelled more than 500 kms across the Namib Desert's vast and surreal landscapes towards the foggy ocean shores of Swakopmund. The tour became self-sustaining for the first time, with 100% of the fees and Computershare's matched funds channeled directly into recipient projects.
- The 2010 Cycle to the Beat of Africa Tour involved 70 participants cycling 520km from Malawi's capital Lilongwe along the Lake Malawi shoreline and then southwards to Zomba Plateau. Specially manufactured bicycle ambulances, used during the tour's Amazing Race were donated to local rural communities.
- In the 2009 Mystery Tour, 60 company executives embarked on a five-day cycle which took them via Rovos Rail to the Orange Free State, parts of the Northern Cape and through some of Lesotho's most grueling mountain passes.
- The inaugural cycle event took place in September 2008 along the Zambezi River and attracted 81 senior company executives.