The Bikers for Nelson Mandela Day embarked on their seventh annual trip from Johannesburg to Mozambique on Thursday, with local celebrities.
This year’s event, organised by Nelson Mandela’s former assistant, Zelda la Grange, would focus on violence against women and children. DJ Fresh, Angie Khumalo, Alex Caige and Karen Zoid joined the bikers for their journey.
The group was supported by 1st for Women Insurance, via its charitable trust.
This was Zoid’s second trip with the bikers in honour of former president Nelson Mandela.
Speaking to News24, Zoid said no excuse was needed to get involved in charity events.
“It’s a wonderful initiative and I enjoy being part of it,” she said.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura said at the event: “Today is a great day and it is that period in our country and in the world where we get overwhelmed by the need to do good, take action, and make a difference.”
Once the bikers got to Mozambique they would be taught about the fight against malaria.
Their first big stop would be in Nelspruit on Thursday evening, for a screening of the movie “Dis ek, Anna” (It’s me, Anna). It tells the story of a young woman who avenges years of abuse suffered at the hands of her stepfather.
After the screening of the award-winning film, Charlene Brouwer, who plays the lead role in the film as well as Josina Machel daughter of Mrs Graça Machel will give educational and inspiring talks on sexual violence and abuse. Adding their voice to the campaign and appearing on stage with them will be Angie Khumalo, Karen Zoid, Karlien van Jaarsveld, DJ Fresh, Johrne van Huyssteen, Alex Caige, Dianne Broodryk and Mac Masina.
On Friday, 15 July, the team heads to Baberton where, together with GRIP (Greater Rape Intervention Project) they will refurbish an area at the Baberton Police Station used for their victim empowerment programme. This area is used to support and prepare victims of GBV, and is currently in a dire state. The 1st for Women Foundation will donate R50 000 to the GRIP to help support and assist survivors of sexual violence and raise awareness of sexual offences within the greater Nelspruit area (Mpumalanga).
The bikers will travel to Mozambique on Saturday, 16 July, and meet up with the Goodbye Malaria team. Founded by Nando’s, Goodbye Malaria’s aim is to educate and assist with the awareness around the fight against Malaria on the continent.
On Sunday, 17 July, the bikers will return to Nelspruit to refurbish the GRIP waiting, reception and consulting areas at the Rob Ferreira hospital in Nelspruit which is in desperate need of attention. The Bikers will again contribute to turning it into a more female friendly area for victims of abuse.
The last project to visit will be on Mandela day, Monday 18 July 2016 when the Bikers will work at Meetse a Bophelo in Mamelodi East. Apart from joining the team of Marsh, Africa’s pre-eminent insurance broker and risk advisor, on a major clean-up operation the group will aim to assist young people who have been orphaned, in foster homes or child headed households – often victims of rape and abuse – to help restore and instil hope, confidence and self-respect.
Bikers for Mandela day 2016 is made possible by 1st for Women Insurance and is supported by Nando’s, Landrover SA, TracN4, and Netcare 911. The SABC Foundation and Marsh Africa Pty Ltd will make donations in support of some of the organisations the Bikers visit along the route.
The group left from Bethany Home in Johannesburg – a shelter for abused women and children – where they spent 67 minutes planting a new vegetable garden and repainting the jungle gym.
The 1st for Women Foundation donated R50 000 to the organisation.
Source: News 24 / nelsonmandela.org
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