Apart from all the fun and intense physical action, being part of the off-road motorbiking fraternity in Southern Africa provides riders with ways of giving back to the people that they meet on their trips into the countryside. I included a video in the post Roof of Africa 2010 – it’s a wrap! that explained the efforts associated with the Roof of Africa extreme enduro race held annually in Lesotho.
We missed this year’s Roof due to other commitments, but did get to participate in a special event arranged by Enduro World magazine. This constitutes a lot more than the catchy byline “The Best Ride You’ll Ever Read” implies, as the big-hearted people behind the brand are constantly contributing to the underprivileged communities that they come into contact with through their training and tours.
The “Friends of De Wildt Toy Run” took place on the 3rd of December near Hartebeespoort Dam, not far from Johannesburg – at a favourite weekend enduro riding haunt called De Wildt. Enduro World gathered a group of riders, who took along lots of toys and helped to distribute the huge heap that was bought with the help of fund-raising, at the local orphanage and in the surrounding areas. This entailed meeting at a particular point, accessed via tar road, and then venturing out on two wheels, to reach as many children as possible. My husband Dave was there, and captured some shots to share with you:
That last photo features the GoPro camera (on the helmet of Dave Petersen from the 2 Wheels TV show), which is stirring up a storm among sportspeople everywhere, especially after the following freaky footage hit the world stage:
Although Dave has invested in a helmet camera now too, I’m hoping not to see anything quite so dramatic in his footage, and am happy with the distribution of toys instead!