York Timbers celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2016. While the company has marked this milestone with various celebrations and community contributions throughout the year, there were 300 York Timbers employees with especially big smiles on their faces. These employees received brand new robust Qhubeka bicycles, which were 50% subsidised by York Timbers.

This is the second year York has made it possible for York Employees to purchase a Qhubeka Bike at half the cost,” explains Kirsten Coetzee, Chief Human Capital Officer at York Timbers. Last year we had 100 employees who were interested, but this year when we sent out the request, we had 300 employees committing to purchase a bicycle.

Gert Mdawe is one of last year’s recipients of a Qhubeka bike.My bike is my energy and it makes me happy to be part of team York, he says.

Sarah Phaweni, Qhubeka Executive Director, says that Qhubeka is always excited by partnerships with companies like York Timbers that are willing to help their employees to progress in work and in life.

“Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means to move forward or to progress. We believe that by helping employees to purchase these bicycles, York Timbers is assisting them in moving forward in their own lives, she says. With bicycles, York employees can get to work more quickly and safely than if they were walking, and they don’t have to spend money using public transport to commute. We commend York Timbers on their investment into their employees’ well being and futures, and we hope many other companies will follow their example.

The Qhubeka bikes were distributed to York employees in Graskop, Jessievale, Roodekop, Epping and Sabie and surrounding areas.

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