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This year they aim to aid victims of gender-based violence.

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Karen Zoid is part of the Bikers for Mandela Day.

Some celebrities such as Zelda le Grange, DJ Fresh, Karen Zoid and Dianne Broodryk will visit the local police station’s victim empowerment centre Friday as part of their Mandela Day activities.
Bikers for Mandela Day, convened by Le Grange and consist of several well-known South Africans, travel throughout the country each year, spending 67 minutes at several organisations. This year they have chosen to visit Mpumalanga and Mozambique and aim to aid and inspire victims of gender-based violence.
Le Grange and her companions hope to help victims gain the confidence to walk away from abusive relationships and care for themselves. They also seek to raise awareness on the fight of malaria.
The group kicks off their journey tomorrow with a visit to Bethany Home in Johannesburg, where they will plant a vegetable garden and refurbish an old jungle gym. The 1st for Women Foundation donated R50 000 to the organisation to help them in their efforts to shelter and rehabilitate abused women and their children.
Their next stop is Mbombela, where they will attend free screenings at Movies@Emnotweni of Dis ek, Anna, a drama detailing a woman’s search for revenge against her abusive stepfather.
Lead actress Charlene Bouwer and Josina Machel are to conclude the screenings with inspirational and educational talks on sexual abuse and violence.
On Friday the group will team up with the GRIP to refurbish the area the Barberton Police station used to support victims of violence. GRIP will also receive R50 000 from the 1st for Women Foundation to utilise in their work with survivors of sexual violence.
The bikers will then take the road to Mozambique to meet up with representatives of Goodbye Malaria. The organisation was founded by Nando’s and raises awareness of the fight against malaria.
On Sunday the group will head back to Mbombela to refurbish GRIP’s care rooms at Rob Ferreira Hospital.
They will conclude their activities on Mandela Day at Meetse a Bophelo in Mamelodi East with a clean-up operation.
“We have done over 12 000 kilometres since the inception of this initiative in 2010 and assisted over 20 charitable organisations through Bikers for Mandela Day. We look forward to paying tribute to Madiba’s unwavering legacy once again. We believe that every small action of goodwill leads to a larger movement in the right direction,” La Grange stated.

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