Rotary rescues unicylce landmine campaign

2010-01-26 00:00

THE Heart and Sole Tour, a unicycle ride of 1 700 km from Durban to Cape Town, has been rescued by an injection of new funding and will start again from a point 90 km outside of Queenstown in the Eastern Cape today.

Geoff Brink, a freelance photographer based in Umdloti on the north coast, has unicycled nearly 600 km in intense heat and through huge thunderstorms and treacherous terrain in his effort to raise awareness of the scourge of landmines.

Rotary Umhlanga has dona­ted R5 000 towards the fuel, food and airtime expenses of The Heart and Sole Tour, enabling Geoff “Heartman” Brink and Howard “Hatman” Donaldson, the tour’s back-up driver and blogger, to continue on their challenging tour through South Africa.

But the tour requires more funding to reach Cape Town, and Kai von Pannier, managing director of Mineseeker SA, responsible for the anti-landmines campaign in southern Africa, is calling on other Rotary branches, corporates and individuals to match the R5 000 donation.

Bank details for The Heart and Sole Tour can be found on the official tour blog at www.fredhatman.co.za

Brink and Donaldson plan to roll into Cape Town in late February after having raised as much awareness as possible of the largely ignored destruction caused by landmines left scattered in hotspots around the world long after wars have ended. — Supplied.

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