About the trip

THREE FARMERS AND A GREEK – CAPE TO CAIRO ADVENTURE

“Do you ever dream of giving up the rat race and do something completely different? Most people do at some time or other, but almost none get down to it. There is always a reason to put off the dream, isn’t there? Too busy, too poor, too lazy. For most people, me included, it’s really a case of being too scared. That’s why the majority of these fantasies remain daydreams rather than fulfilled ambitions or even attempted ones. Then we get old and regret the fact that we never went for it” – John Robbie in the Foreword to the book “Around Africa On My Bicycle” By Riaan Manser.

Now a foursome from the Adelaide region have decided to ride their motorcycles across Africa, from Cape Town to Cairo and that in aid of a fundraising effort to save the Adelaide Hospital and assure medical services to the Adelaide community.

The Adelaide community including its surrounding district, has a population of at least 30,000 and as it is in a rural area, over 200 kms from the nearest regional hospital; it is incumbent to provide comprehensive medical services to the immediate and surrounding communities. During the early 1950’s after a refusal of the Government of the day to build a hospital in Adelaide the Adelaide community entered into a Contract with the Government to build a hospital on a one to one basis. Where as the running of the hospital is subsidized, the community’s support and annual contributions are essential to cover the shortfall. In addition, the Hospital is in urgent need of additional water storage facility which is estimated to cost R1.2 million. Under drought conditions water for the hospital has to be pumped from the Fish River at Cookhouse, 52 km away and is also supplemented by a borehole in the town. The Hospital frequently experiences supply interruptions owing to the logistic difficulties of securing this water. Under these conditions wards have to be closed and patients turned away with devastating consequences for the community.

Six months ago, a local businessman, Stelios Georgiou had mentioned to Richard Bennett, his idea of riding a motor bike from Cape to Cairo. This triggered a thought with Richard, to use this opportunity to raise money for the Adelaide hospital. He found support for the project from Rufus Dreyer and Norman Emslie. Hence, the “Three Farmers and a Greek, Cape Town to Cairo Motorbike adventure” was born. Within next to no time, all four had bought  their Kawasaki  KLR 650 motorcycles and took a trial run through the Baviaanskloof, Swartberg Pass, and down into the Gamkaskloof (Die Hell) and back to Adelaide. They were committed and ready!

From Cape Town, the journey of 45 days will take them through Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. The challenge to do this in favour of a per kilometer sponsorship, to assure medical services to the Adelaide Community, not only asks for enthusiasm, character, technical skills and loads of courage but also endurance to complete the approximate 13 000km’s they’ve committed themselves too.

The group will depart on this adventure on 31 March 2011 and their progress can also be followed on the Wild Dogs Adventure Forum, http://www.wilddog.za.net .

Anyone wishing to sponsor to this cause can contact Vicky Scheepers at 072 298 1774 or E-mail vicky.en.henk@gmail.com or Mr. Eric Wright, the Superintendent of the Adelaide Hospital at 046 6840 006 and E-mail: adelhosp@mweb.co.za .

12 responses

  1. Hy Ho love the new pics………..over 4500 hits……thats huge. I have just taken a Euro lotterey ticket for tomorrow night.90 million pounds, if I win I will donate at least 5 million POUNDS to your fund…so hold thumbs

    March 17, 2011 at 17:12

  2. rossbennett1993

    Wow time is flying by and the trip is almost about to start!!!! Where are the donations chaps come on, This is a once in a lifetime experience and the funds made are going to a very very good and NEEDED cause!!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 09:55

  3. montyme

    Okay everyone out there … we, Jane, Mark, Emma and Sam Townsend (of Australia)challenge anyone who knows any of the THREE FARMERS AND A GREEK, their support team and anyone who has been treated (or has had any family member treated) by the fantastic medico’s at the ADELAIDE HOSPITAL, to match our donation of AUD $200.00 = R1 463.00 – this donation is made in memory of our wonderful father … SAM BENNETT.

    February 19, 2011 at 12:05

  4. Come you lot, lets all get behind these chaps…they raising funds for YOUR HOSPITAL (where you actually get world class care and I know as I live in the UK) I challenge all of you who have anything to do with the Adelaide Hospital,OR live in the area……to SUPPORT THE THREE FARMERS AND A GREEK and help your hospital. Come on now help and DONATE

    February 17, 2011 at 12:05

  5. rossbennett1993

    Im a good photographer hey, yeah i took all these photos on this blog i feel so skilled ha ha awe!!! Wish i could join you three farmers and greek on this trip as it will be awesome. Ross aka leopard

    February 16, 2011 at 10:04

  6. Having a lot of difficulty logging on..get your web man to check it out as it is a problem.

    February 15, 2011 at 21:28

    • Thanks Lindsay, I also find it to be a problem tonight. www. = wild wide wait? Will convey the message. Regards Rufus

      February 15, 2011 at 21:35

  7. Ompie,

    I want to say how proud i am to call you my Uncle/Godfather! What you and your friends are doing is truelly remarkable and i hope people dig deep to sponsor such a fantastic cause i will tweet this blog….
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    February 15, 2011 at 15:05

  8. Allan and I are astounded and totally in awe of you FAB FOUR. We will follow your trip with great interest and hope you raise zillions for the Adelaide hospital which serves the community so well. We will start the fund rolling with R1000. Well done to all of you. We proud to know you

    February 14, 2011 at 22:57

  9. dnula

    HI Rufus

    I have logged in as a test.

    Alun

    February 13, 2011 at 06:35

    • rossbennett1993

      Hi Rufus well done on this awesome blog you have put together!! Its really done well and you must teach me skills you have.

      Ross

      February 14, 2011 at 08:50

      • Hey boet looking at you lot you won’t make CT but the web is looking good so good luck you guys

        February 14, 2011 at 23:00

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