Bikers rally around charity

2018-07-17 06:01
The event saw around 500 bikers departing from the Grand Parade, on a rally to Drakenstein Prison to raise awareness and funds.

The event saw around 500 bikers departing from the Grand Parade, on a rally to Drakenstein Prison to raise awareness and funds.

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Bikers were given a send-off by Mayor Patricia de Lille at a Bikers for Mandela event on Saturday 14 July.

The initiative, which was started in 2010 by Nelson Mandela’s former personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, is aimed at celebrating Madiba’s legacy by helping the less fortunate.

The event saw around 500 bikers departing from the Grand Parade, on a rally to Drakenstein Prison to raise awareness and funds to keep girls in school by collecting sanitary supplies for the three million young female learners who miss up to 50 school days a year because they do not have access to sanitary pads.

“This year’s rides will allow for more bikers to participate in this nine-year old tradition of having fun while doing good at the same time. Madiba believed that every small effort counts in bringing about change. My hope is that all riders of scooter bikes, superbikes and everything with two wheels and an engine will join us to make a massive impact to this cause. As little as R180 can provide enough sanitary pads to keep one girl in school for an entire year. A little can do so much,” says La Grange.

De Lille said at the event: “It is heart-warming to see so many faces come together in honour of the father of our nation, Nelson Mandela.

“The sanitary pads collected today will go a long way to assist the three million young female learners who miss school annually because they cannot afford basic sanitary products.

“It is significant that the ride will end at the Drakenstein Prison, the place where Tata Madiba took his first steps to freedom after 27 years of imprisonment by the apartheid government.

“It is also fitting that you start your journey here at the iconic City Hall where he made his first speech as a free man. Cape Town has a deep connection with Mandela’s struggle and sacrifices for our freedom and we are honoured that we can still celebrate and carry on his legacy by serving those in need.”

The City of Cape Town will unveil a statue of Madiba at City Hall in a few days, De Lille added. “I welcome you to return to City Hall and this balcony when the statue is here. But you must also return here every year to ride for Mandela. Let today be the start of a yearly ‘Bikers for Mandela’ event in Cape Town.”

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