Biking celebs hope to make every day a Mandela Day

2011-07-13 00:00

BIKERS for Mandela put their sweat where their mouths are yesterday by cleaning the monument that marks where Nelson Mandela was captured on the R103 near Howick in 1962 after being on the run from security police for seventeen months.

They also planted trees and the “Mandela Gold” strelitzia at the site.

The 26-strong team of Bikers for Mandela Day are riding a 2 200-km route for the next week and volunteering 67 minutes of their time daily to serve seven rural community projects. The riders include business people, professional bikers and various celebrities.

Their first stop was on Monday at the Good Hope Children’s Home in Harrismith, where they renovated the home by giving it a much-needed paint job and doing other handy work.

Isidingo-star-turned-biker Jack Devnarain said yesterday’s stop at Howick was to remind people that Nelson Mandela’s sacrifice of 67 years to promoting social justice is something everyone needs to take to heart.

Radio host Thato Sikwane, better known as DJ Fresh on 5fm, said people need to visit the historic site. “As South Africans 67 minutes should be the bare minimum that we should be giving. This should be the start of deeper dedication to making the world a better place,” said the deep-voiced Fresh.

The bikers next stop in Eshowe to upgrade a vegetable garden at a school and visit an orphanage. The Bikers for Mandela is an initiative by The Neslon Mandela Foundation, which brings together people with the same interests to donate 67 minutes to inspire change and make every day a Mandela Day.

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