Mandela Day Charity Rides
- National Event
Western Cape H.O.G. Chapters
Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life . . . – Nelson Mandela
With the inspirational words from Nelson Mandela in mind, H.O.G. Cape Town in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the BMW Club of Cape Town organised the Nelson Mandela Day centenary ride in Cape Town. H.O.G. Breederiver, H.O.G. Tygervalley and the Harley Davidson Club of Cape Town joined by invitation.
The Nelson Mandela Day 100 centenary celebration theme in 2018 was “Keep a girl child in school”.
"As steadfast contributors and supporters of charitable rides, Tyger Valley added weight to their words “This is what we do as a Club”" reports Liezel Delport of H.O.G. Tyger Valley. "We were very proud to do our part!"
A mass ride of 500 bikers departed from the town hall to Drakenstein Prison (Victor Verster Correctional Services) near Paarl east of Cape Town where Nelson Mandela was moved to after his recovery from Tuberculoses in the Constantiaberg private clinic. This the historical place where former president Mandela took his first steps to freedom after 27 year of imprisonment by the apartheid government.
When all the formalities were done with, H.O.G. members gathered at Bar Di Bar for a well deserved coffee.
- Submitted by: Liezel Delport (H.O.G. Tyger Valley)
- Photographers : Malvin Meyer, Irina Mink and Leian Eagleton (H.O.G. Cape Town) and Nadia Janse Van Rensburg (H.O.G. Tyger Valley )
H.O.G. Johannesburg Chapter
Zelda La Grange, Madiba’s former P.A. for 19 years arranged this annual ride in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Foundation as a way to celebrate and upheld the legacy that Nelson Mandela left behind.
H.O.G. Johannesburg Chapter was invited to join the ride; without hesitation said invite was accepted providing a magnificent opportunity to perform some desperately needed charity in addition to remembrance of a great man.
Speeches made by Herman Mashaba at the Nelson Mandela Foundation premises in Houghton with attendance from radio presenters from 94.7 and Jacaranda FM. Discussion was centered on the total combined time that the girls miss schooling due to embarrassment and lack of funding to purchase sanitary necessities as well as the legacy of Nelson Mandela.
On a count of 180 motorcycles taken from the Olifantsfontein Bridge, riders were escorted to the Union Building in Pretoria.
As the theme for 2018 was “Keep a girl child in school” the entrance fee as the Union Building was a minimum of one packet of sanitary towels. Zelda during her speech mentioned that she was delighted to see these men with tattoos bravely carrying feminine goodies to contribute to a worthy cause and she hope to double the number of biker attendance at Houghton next year when a different theme for support will be chosen.
- Article submission: Jose Rebordao (H.O.G. Johannesburg)
- Photographers: Jose Rebordao & Dieter Wiese (H.O.G. Johannesburg)