Kite-surfing record also cashes in R100 000 for charity

Cape Town - The Virgin Kite-surfing Armada South Africa 2016, which set a new Guinness World Record for ‘The Largest Parade of Kitesurfers’, is celebrated even more as the event raised R100 000 for charity.

The event saw 416 kite surfers take the waves between Dolphin Beach and Doodles in Blouberg for three hours on Saturday, breaking record previously set by Spain in January 2015. 

SEE PICS: Cape Town sets NEW kite-surfing world record

Commenting on WeChat’s involvement in the kite -surfing event, head of WeChat Brett Loubser says, “We believe that technology can enable everyone to achieve their goals. As an organisation committed to connecting friends and families, we are pleased that our technology could be used to connect these communities and to also support them in the achievement of their dreams. 

“We are very proud that in supporting this event, we not only put South Africa on the map, but also raised R100 000 for the respective charities, namely the SAVE Foundation, the Virgin Unite and Snow-Camp.” 

Local Cape Town organisation the SAVE Foundation supports township children through education and sports development – and many of the young people they work with were helping on the beach and landing kites.

In its third year, the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada events are growing in leaps and bounds and breaking records with each attempt. Launched in the United Kingdom in 2013 and led off by Sir Richard Branson, the event first set a new Guinness World Record for ‘The Largest Parade of Kitesurfers’ and raised £70 000 (R1.6 million from R22.96/£1) for charity. 

Sir Richard Branson congratulated the team for setting another World Record in Cape Town. 

Check out photos of the spectacular event here: PICS: Cape Town sets NEW kite-surfing world record

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