Destination Cape Town: Tony Tractor leaves Potch

2010-11-01 00:00

AROUND the world at 22 kilometres per hour — that’s what Tony Tractor, aka Tony Psaila of Howick, hopes to achieve as he embarks on a journey to raise awareness of violence, especially against women and children, on a 1948 Ferguson tractor.

Psaila will leave Potchefstroom today to travel to Wolmaransstad.

He left Howick on August 9 and has already visited Durban, Empangeni, Richards Bay, Melmoth, Vryheid, Piet Retief, Bad­plaas, Barberton, Nelspruit, Hoedspruit, Phalaborwa, Tzaneen, Polokwane, Mokopane and Bela-Bela.

Over the next 22 days, Tony will make his way from Potchefstroom to Bloemfontein, Colesberg‎ and eventually Cape Town.

He has set himself a fundraising target of R1 billion.

“If this goal is achieved, then I will be able to set up centres in South Africa and in other countries as well, as this problem is not confined to just South Africa.”

The project aims to raise funds for foundations which provide support to survivors of violence and rape, and has backing of the Lions Club, who are helping with accommodation and logistics

Tony (48), who survived being shot twice in an armed robbery in 2002, will travel from Cape Town to Australia, New Zealand, South America, the United States , Canada, then to Russia and through Europe and the Uni­ted Kingdom before making his way back home through Africa.

“When I finally recovered from the shooting, I got involved in the setting up of a safe house in Howick for women and children.

After seeing the trauma that women and children go through after being involved in abusive relationships, broken marriages and so on, I wanted to do something positive to help.”

Tony was particularly touched by Jes Foord who was brutally gang-raped in front of her father in 2008.

“I decided to meet with her and see if I could assist her with raising some money to build her first all-under-one-roof centre to help rape victims.”

Follow Tony’s journey on Facebook: Group — World Fund for Victims of Violence and Rape, or view his online blog at www.tonytractor.org.

— Witness Reporter.

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