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Riders take on 1 162 km for disadvantaged schools

   23 February 2018   l   Andries van der Heyde    l   Views: 190   l   26 days ago  


Various cyclers joined the Salaam foundation and Salaamedia in February to raise funds and awareness for school learners in need by riding across Limpopo, North West and Gauteng. The total distance they plan to cover, is 1 162km. On the photo are the riders who made a pit stop in Bela-Bela on Wednesday, 14 February.

Disadvantaged learners remain a reality in Limpopo and across South Africa which is why various cyclers took to the roads in February to help lessen the burden on these learners by raising awareness and funds.

The Salaam Foundation and Salaamedia #Riding4SAeducation are the main campaigners behind this initiative to boost awareness and to support disad-vantaged schools who lack resources.

A group of riders set out on Sunday 11 February from Polokwane with the intent to cover 1 162 km from Limpopo to North West and then end in Gauteng. 

The group made a pit stop in Bela-Bela on Wednesday 14 February and was thoroughly refreshed by local business owners before they set off again.

Regular riders throughout the provinces were encouraged to ride along with the group. 

Azhar Vadi, the founder of Salaamedia, headed them. Vadi has first-hand experience in humanitarian crises and worked with the organisation Gift of the Givers when he travelled the Middle East. Vadi brought the concept of humanitarian journalism to South Africa to help, with the support of others, bring hope to those in need, according to a statement.

One rider, Cornelius Robbertse from Pretoria North told The Post that he initially thought the group was asking him for directions when he met them along the road. It did not take long for him to grab his bike and ride along.

“Every day was a race on its own, but the atmosphere within the group was great. We did it for the kids who need support the most,” he said.

Although riders could have entered for a 35 km or 15 km ride along, others decided to extend it. Robbertse said at the time of their arrival in Bela-Bela, he had done 192 km.

The group is expected to finish their journey on Saturday 24 February in Lenasia, Johannesburg. 

On the following Sunday a mountain bike race is also scheduled to take place there.

The funds raised during this campaign will then be passed on to the African Muslims agency, Nyota collections, the Al Ihya foundation and the Islamic relief South Africa, who will then allocate the money to schools in need. 

Local schools within The Post’s rea-dership such as the Orlando school, Hleketani, Albert Luthuli, Madressah, Little Darling pre-school, as well as the Malebone school was mentioned as beneficiaries of this initiative.

Last year Salaamedia and the foun-dation, under the same banner, sponsored 1 000 pairs of school shoes, 2 500 stationary packs, school uniforms, hundreds of reusable sanitary towels and computer equipment to various schools in need.

For more information on this initiative visit www.salaamedia.com(.)




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