Around the world on a drive against crime

2010-03-24 00:00

THE spiralling rate of violent crimes against women and children has inspired a Howick man to drive around the world on a tractor to raise awareness of the problem and collect funds for the victims.

Tony Psaila, who owns a storage company in Howick, will embark in June on an epic tractor ride around the world.

He said the trip will last between five and seven years, and by the end of the trip, he hopes to have raised R1 billion.

This will be his second long trip on a tractor.

In 2006, he travelled from South Africa’s border with Zimbabwe to Cape Town, also on a fundraising drive, that raised at least R100 000.

Psaila, who has also been victim of a violent crime, said he decided to embark on the journey to remind people that crime is a terrible scourge to which many South Africans have become desensitised.

He said rape survivor Jessica Foord inspired him to raise money to create a “one-stop shop” for victims.

“One of the things Foord mentioned … was that she was sent around to various places to seek help during her ordeal, so my idea is to have one place where all the necessary help will be available to all those who need it.”

Psaila said that for his trip, he has modified his tractor for different weather conditions and has arranged a trailer to carry all necessities, including a refrigerator.

He said his trip will begin in Howick and proceed to Cape Town, where he will load his tractor and trailer on to a ship to Australia.

From there he will move to South and North America, then through countries such as Russia and Mongolia. From England he will make his way to the top of Africa and then down to South Africa, ending in Howick.

He said that using a tractor as a means of transport is essential in raising as much money as possible.

“The tractor is very reliable, but also it is very slow, so it will give me the opportunity to communicate and interact with the locals.”

To offer donations, contact Psaila at info@tonytractor.org

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