Toys for Africa

by Naomi on December 14, 2011

in Bulletin Board, Daily Life

Motorbiker rider distributing toys to children

While on the subject of motorbikes, I’ve decided to balance my last road biking post with something interesting from the other side of the fence, given that Dave is so involved in both aspects of biking.

Enduro World magazine constitutes a lot more than the catchy byline “The Best Ride You’ll Ever Read” implies. The big-hearted people behind the brand are constantly contributing to the underprivileged communities that they come into contact with through their off-road motorbike training and tours.

A recent example of this involved the “Friends of De Wildt Toy Run” which took place on the 3rd of December near Hartebeespoort Dam, not far from where we live in Johannesburg – at a favourite weekend enduro riding haunt called De Wildt.

The Enduro World crew gathered a group of motorbike 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 the police station, accessed via tar road, and then venturing out on two wheels, to reach as many children as possible. Without space in his bum bag for a pro camera, Dave took along our mik-en-druk (point-and-shoot) and captured some shots to share with you:

Motorbike rider handing toys to children

Mark Roach handing out toys to children at the Friends of De Wildt Toy Run, South Africa

Friends of De Wildt Toy Run

People and motorbikes at the Friends of De Wildt Toy Run, South Africa

Motorbike rider with GoPro camera

Dave Petersen with GoPro camera at the Friends of De Wildt Toy Run, South Africa

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 hectic footage below hit the world stage – of a mountain biker being knocked off his bicycle by a careering Red Hartebeest buck!

Never ones to be left out of the action, Dave and his son Michael now have these toys too. Michael’s is the GoPro HD Hero2 and Dave’s is the Drift brand, which he decided on after much deliberation about the comparative features between the two. I reckon they’ll be ready to offer an in-depth shootout before too long, and provide some pretty cool footage too.

Works for me, since at last I’ll have the real picture of what they get up to on their motorbikes . . . although I’m not sure what that will do to my nerves πŸ˜€

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

nrhatch December 15, 2011 at 5:37 am

Oh . . . my. That is some video footage. I am so glad that no wild beast from the bush ever attacked me when out riding. πŸ˜€

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Naomi December 15, 2011 at 8:01 am

Me too, Nancy! This is really freaky & certainly not the norm here, thank goodness πŸ˜€

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Kate Shrewsday December 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

What a wonderful thing to do: and with such a sense of fun. Trust Dave to get amazing results with a point-and-shoot. A heartwarming post, Naomi, thank you πŸ™‚

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Naomi December 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Thanks so much for your kind comment and for appreciating, Kate πŸ™‚ I hope you and your fabulous family are enjoying a magic Festive Season!

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Tammy December 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Oh my goodness! What exactly is that beast that does the attacking? That would freak me out beyond repair.

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Naomi December 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Thanks for the laugh, Tammy, and I know what you mean πŸ˜€ It’s an antelope, which usually keeps well to itself, especially around humans. My guess is that it panicked for some reason. I’d also bet it was at least as shocked as the guy who was knocked over, if not more so!

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Raven December 24, 2011 at 4:18 am

It’s been years since I rode a dirt bike, but I still ride a mountain bike several times a week.

Raven

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Naomi December 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Way to go, Raven…I reckon that’s a good move on both counts, although Dave would no doubt disagree, being partial to both πŸ˜€

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