The November 23rd #BIKES4ERP drop has come and gone like a typical South African thunderstorm.
There was the build-up: the coming together of clouds. In the same way the 23 volunteers who formed part of the outreach team, came together with each person bringing their our own skills and playing and active role to ensure a successful project.
There was the immense storm: thunder, lightning and heavy rain. In the same way the 23 volunteers worked at lightning speed to get 51 bicycles set up, inspected and ready for the handover.
Then came the sunshine and rainbow after the storm: the sunshine was just like the brilliant smiles on the faces of the students as they received their new bicycles and the rainbow was like the message of hope that we can change the future of South Africa.
As we drove away from the community, there were streams of water in the bushveld from the rain. This for me symbolised the way the students on bicycles rode on the cattle paths through the bushveld to reach their homes.
These streams bring new growth in the bushveld, and the bicycles like the streams bring new growth for the students and their community.
What a privilege it was to be a part of this life changing experience. We made a difference to the lives of these students, but they also changed us as we are grateful for what we have and thankful that we are in a position to reach out and help them.
Inkwazi Adventurers, our goal on the #Bushveld2020 trip is to donate and deliver 40 bicycles in rural South Africa. You can be part of this special event, and personally deliver your donated bicycle to a student by joining our adventure. (details here)
You can also help us reach our goal of 40 bicycles, by making any size donation here, or simply spread the word and video amongst your family, friends and colleagues.
In previous posts I have supplied some statistics regarding the project and shared some background information as to what goes into realising it. Be sure to read those posts, and if you need more information or would like to find our how you can be part of our next adventure, you contact me on email@example.com
Cornel van Onselen
Inkwazi Adventure Leader