Cape to Cairo: threesome take on 12?500?km journey to raise funds for the deaf

2011-05-03 00:00

THREE South African lads have put their careers on hold to take on an eight-month-long bicycle journey to help raise funds and create awareness for people with hearing impairments.

Verulam-born Ria Moothilal and Imraan Sayed, along with their Capetonian friend, Jiten Magan, are travelling 12 500 km through 10 countries by bicycle from Cape Town to Cairo for their SiyaShova project to raise money for the Hear Us Foundation — a charity that aids those with hearing disabilities to obtain a way of hearing through cochlear implants.

These implants cost around R270 000 and are therefore only available to those who can afford them.

The three men, all in their late twenties, aim to give young people with hearing impairments this ability to hear, to assist the poor en route with basic animal husbandry advice and better farming practices, and to truly experience Africa.

The riders have put their professional careers on hold for a year. Magan, a vet who would like to get into environmentalsustainability and conservation, has a deaf brother whom he says is his true inspiration. Moothilal is a strategic business analyst for Media24 and Sayed is a also veterinarian.

Their journey started on March 20 and they are currently in Lesotho. They are expected to pass through Pietermaritzburg before the end of this week.

They travel without aid and the trip is self-funded with the hope that people will assist them along the way with food and shelter.

Rajen Magan, Jiten’s father, said: “Their target is to raise R1 million and they have currently raised about R100 000. However, they also plan to create an awareness within the communities that they pass and therefore it is an ongoing project that they have embarked on.”

People interested in donating money for their cause can visit their website, siyashova.com, where they can donate by kilometre, ascent or buy SiyaShova merchandise.

Those interested in their journey can also follow the riders on Facebook where they regularly update their whereabouts.

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