Bikers’ ‘joy tour’ to put a face to African kids

2010-04-26 00:00

FOUR local motorbike enthusiasts plan to make a six- to eight- week adventure ride that aims to bring joy to the African children who have never been fortunate enough to own a photograph of themselves.

The “Joy Tour”, which will be undertaken by University of KwaZulu-Natal bachelor of science students Guy Anderson and Hardus Bouwer, B.Com student Lee Symons and her father John Symons, is due to start at the beginning of June.

The four bikers will set off on a route that will wind through southern and central Africa that will end in Uganda, and then make their way back.

The idea was for originally for Lee Symons to take her father to Uganda to show him where she worked for a year after school.

Anderson and Bouwer were keen to join, but all agreed that something had to be made out of the trip.

“Our options were limited, but we wanted to do something for the community,” said Anderson.

“We decided to take pictures of people along the way and using a portable printer or Polaroid camera, give them the print,” said Anderson who is a trained photographer.

The idea evolved. “We are hoping to publish a coffee table book with all the pictures of the people we photographed, along with pictures showing their emotions when they receive the prints of themselves,” said Anderson.

“So the people who buy the book will have a picture of someone who has the same picture of themselves somewhere in Africa,” said Bouwer.

But at this point none of this is set in stone as the “Joy Tour” riders are in a desperate search for sponsors.

They are working on sponsors for the motorbikes and for publishing the book and covering any other costs.

“We do not want to make a profit. If the book does well, our sponsors can choose a charity to donate the money to,” said Bouwer.

The team have already been offered stands at an outdoor and ecotourism expo in Johannesburg (before the trip) and Cape Town (after the trip).

“All the companies that get involved will benefit from these stands and we will promote and advertise the gear which we use on the trip,” said Anderson.

The team are especially keen on outdoor and motorbike sponsors.

This, they say, will reflect the tour because they will be camping when they are not on their bikes or taking photos.

For information or to become involved, contact Guy Anderson at 079 498 7483 or e-mail 207506886@ukzn.ac.za

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