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2012-11-05 10:36

PUTTING FOOT FOR A GOOD CAUSE: The Grand Vitaras covered 4000km of southern Africa's tough terrain - and raised R16 000 for a good cause in the process. Image: WHEELS24

Suzuki has celebrated the introduction of its revised Grand Vitara SUV by completing a 4000km trip for a worthy cause.

Over the six-day route, three teams (including a driver from Wheels24) pitted the two 2.4-litre SUVs against torrential rain, hot and cold temperatures, 4x4 paths and gravel roads, highways and twisty mountain passes, all in aid of the Put Foot Foundation.

R16 000 FOR SCHOOL SHOES


The charity provides new school shoes to kids who need them and once the dust had settled on the finish line in Cape Town, R16 000 had been raised.

The Grand Vitaras, supported by a little Jimny 4x4 to carry the medical support team, were said to have run “like clockwork”.

Francois van Eeden, Suzuki Auto SA’s national sales and marketing manager, said: “We wanted to highlight the arrival of our updated Grand Vitara, and its legendary versatility, while also supporting a worthy cause.

“Our six-day odyssey not only emphasised the unique capabilities of the Grand Vitara, but also created an opportunity for us to raise money for the Put Foot Foundation. Assisting the foundation with allowing needy learners to experience the dignity of owning and wearing real leather shoes has been a privilege,” he added.

THE ROUTE

Day 1: Johannesburg to Maseru, Lesotho, via Bloemfontein and Ficksburg
Day 2: Maseru to Durban via the Sani Pass, Himeville and the kwaZulu-Natal Midlands
Day 3:  Durban to Coffee Bay along the Wild Coast
Day 4: Coffee Bay to Grahamstown
Day 5: Grahamstown to Oudtshoorn via Port Elizabeth and George
Day 6: Oudtshoorn to Cape Town along R62

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