In a bid to raise R 200 000 for Alzheimer’s four friends will cycle from Beitbridge in Musina to Cape Town.
The BORDER2BEACH Psycle Tour will see Johannesburg Brothers, Lyle and Struan Anderson together with their friends, Gareth Myles and Simon Clayton start the gruelling two-week, 2 200 kilometre expedition on Saturday 24 August.
The team aims to ride an average of 160 kilometres per day and raise R 200 000 by the time they reach Cape Town on Saturday 7 September.
The team will follow the same route that Lyle and Straun’s late father, Jonathan Anderson, took 50 years ago, when he undertook the journey at the age of 17, as a tribute to his life and his legacy after he passed away from dementia in 2018.
Lyle, a husband and father of twin boys from Johannesburg, says his father’s illness and subsequent death from Alzheimer’s in August last year made him appreciate how devastating this disease is on those diagnosed with the condition, and how unprepared they were as a family to cope and support my father through the process.
“We hope that the BORDER2BEACH Psycle Tour will generate exposure and decrease the stigma around the disease while raising funds to train caregivers that can assist those in low-income communities that would otherwise be unable to access vital nursing care.”
While the team has secured marketing support from the Publicis Groupe Africa as part of its commitment to creating educational material that will lead to early detection of the disease, and funding from Livewell Villages to cover the expenses to complete the ride (including accommodation along the way), they hope to drive donations to their Back A Buddy fundraising platform.
Struan, a dairy farmer and father of two from Kwa-Zulu Natal, notes that they have learned that people affected by dementia in rural communities are often ostracized or even beaten as their symptoms are misunderstood.
“Having helpers in these communities to educate and create understanding will hopefully reduce the stigma around mental health issues, empower people to look for early signs of detection and be better prepared should a loved one ever be affected by this cruel disease.”
The Team will be supported on the road by their Logistics Manager, Elizabeth Beckerling and cameraman and documentary filmmaker, Luke Veysie.
The BORDER2BEACH Psycle Tour is scheduled to end on the beach in front of the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Milnerton at 12pm on Saturday 7 September where family, friends, sponsors and the media are invited to join the Team in celebrating the culmination of an important journey that they hope to extend into an annual fundraising initiative.
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