About the trip
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Eric Wright, the Superintendent of the Adelaide Hospital at 046 6840 006 and E-mail: email@example.com .