We who have … Yes, we have so much to be thankful for: we have love in our lives and we have families to go home to. We also have our health, we have food, we have resources and we have things that someone else is only dreaming of. If you are reading this article, it is because you have connection to the internet and have access to a device that can connect you to others. What a privilege, we have so much to be grateful for!
We, the Bikers for Mandela Day, look back on the weekend of working for the benefit of those less fortunate, and we are extremely thankful that we could have given of our time and resources to brighten the lives of others. It is always our hope that the little that we do can have a lasting legacy, and that it will indeed change someone’s life for the better.
Before returning home to Gauteng this afternoon, our trip to Mpumalanga was concluded by a visit to the Kaapsehoop Wild Horse Rescue project in Kaapsehoop, which is 30km outside Nelspruit. The project is led by Reinette van Niekerk, and they strive to help these wild horses as much as they can – by controlling ticks on the horses, rescuing animals caught in snares and getting a local vet to assist when the horses are ill. Reinette and her team also try to educate the public not feed the horses, as the horses then learn that cars are friends and come too close to cars on the road. This often results in horses being injured by cars, and in turn causing damage to vehicles and injury to the occupants. All this costs money, and the Bikers for Mandela Day handed over a cheque for R 5000 which will be used to achieve some of the aims. Besides just giving money, a few of the bikers assisted in paintball dipping some of the horses – this is done to control ticks as the horses are wild – whilst others picked up plastic and litter. They also removed wire from old fences, which tends to get stuck in the horses’ hooves.
After all the activity in Kaapsehoop, the bikers travelled back to Gauteng.
A weekend like this would not be possible without our sponsors and partners, and today we would like to thank AVIS, who supplied our support crew with an Hyundai H1 Bus; Desmond and William, our medical support staff from Helivac; and Phakamani and Anele from RTT, who made sure our logistics ran perfectly. These 4 gentlemen not only served us in their dedicated roles, but also assisted us in every activity we did – they were real Bikers for Mandela Day.
Next year we will again be the Bikers for Mandela Day. If you would like to join us, please contact us and we will welcome your participation.
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