PRESS RELEASE – JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, April 6, 2020/ — NTT Pro Cycling, Africa’s first-ever Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Tour team, is proud to initiate ‘Be Moved’: a call to action to open our hearts to the humanity around us, as the world is currently gripped with the unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘Be Moved’ comes about after a range of extensive team-wide discussions as to what the current global crisis means, not only to our cycling team but extended into our personal lives and communities across the world. This concept was created together with our partners at the T+W Content Creation Agency, world leaders in the art of storytelling.
The Coronavirus has restricted movement dramatically and it is in this context that the greater purpose of our team and our partnership with the Qhubeka Charity is highlighted. Qhubeka means “to move forward” and their quest to distribute bicycles to communities in need across the African continent is even more relevant to mobilise healthcare workers and those in need of transport at this time.
Since the escalation of global measures to contain the virus has seen team members confined to their homes, our team has been hard at work ensuring that we are better connected. This includes regular engagements with our partners to share knowledge and expertise across a variety of contexts.
The team’s three pillars of focus being family, purpose and opportunity are portrayed in ‘Be Moved’. It is not merely a hashtag but reflects on what our true meaning and purpose is in this changing world.
Douglas Ryder, Team Principal of NTT Pro Cycling
“Be Moved speaks to the essence of what this team is about. At NTT Pro Cycling and with our partners we move to move others, we race to win and to mobilize people in Africa. This is our purpose, it inspires us and gets us up in the morning and is what moves us forward each day. It unites us, makes our hearts beat to a different pulse as can be heard in the riders and staff who contributed to the voiceover in this video. We may be physically alone but this connects us. Be Moved.”
Gareth Whittaker, CEO T+W
“The impact that this team has on the lives of thousands of kids across the African continent moves me. I love that whilst we’re all sitting at home, we are still able to be moved. Working with Doug and his team to help tell the story of NTT Pro Cycling is a great privilege. This short story, does a goose bumps job of telling that story, virtual hugs to all.”
Here is the script of the video:
At its heart SPORT is about movement. Through the air, through water, through time.
From Paris to Roubaix Milan to San Remo
For us, it’s also about moving from Home to school. And back again.
We move to move people. We race to mobilize people in Africa. That’s always been our purpose.
It moves us.
So even when we cannot race, we cannot be on the roads and in the mountains. Even when we cannot move, we are still moved.
We’re NTT Pro Cycling, moved by Qhubeka.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of NTT Pro Cycling.