Motorbike ride for Mandela commemoration

2011-07-05 11:14

Businessmen and celebrities will embark on a motorbike ride across the country to commemorate Mandela Day on July 18, the Nelson Mandela Foundation said today.

“I’m very privileged to be part of this wonderful initiative again this year. I can’t wait to start my bike in this cold winter and make some hearts warm along the way,” said singer Bok Van Blerk.

He will be joined by Isidingo actor Jack Devnarain, businessmen Brendon Neuper, Constant Visser, Bertus Prinsloo and Sean Shipalana, and radio personalities, foundation spokesman Sello Hatang said in a statement.

The 26 bike riders and their 15 support staff would leave Montecasino in Johannesburg on July 11, and make their way through Gauteng, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and parts of Swaziland.

They would devote 67 minutes of their time to activities at various community projects along the way, returning to Pretoria on former president Nelson Mandela’s birthday on July 18.

“I’m inspired by the notion that we are not so much about charity as we are about empowerment, and again we will demonstrate throughout our journey that we are all responsible for our people, our country, our world,” said Devnarain.

“Through our actions we will remind people that we all possess the humanity that defines the Mandela legacy.”

The riders include Survivor 2011 winner and Binnelanders actor Hykie Berg, Royal Elephant Hotel co-owner Gert van Wyk, Mandela’s personal assistant Zelda le Grange, actor and producer Darren Kelfkens, 5fm presenter Anele Mdoda, and businessman Motheo Sekgaphane.

The 200 kilometre ride would take participants into more rural terrain this year, said Hatang.

Mandela Day is recognised as an international day of humanitarian action in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy during which people are called to devote 67 minutes of their time to serving their communities.

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