Rid­ing for Joost

Team aim to raise knowl­edge of Mo­tor Neu­ron Dis­ease

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CAPE TOWN — Four ex­pe­ri­enced riders have em­barked on a trip from Cape Agul­has, South Africa, to Cairo, Egypt, on their mo­tor­cy­cles.

The trip started on Septem­ber 1 at Cape Agul­has and the group, known as Team Ko­rt­pad (short­cut) hope to reach Cairo by Novem­ber.

Their jour­ney com­prises both on- and off-road routes, and the riders will be ex­plor­ing some of the less-trav­elled ar­eas in Africa, said Ko­rt­pad’s spokesper­son Retha Oden­daal.

Retha Oden­daal and Rene Botha are the team’s ex­pe­di­tion man­agers and will be help­ing team Ko­rt­pad with lo­gis­tics on their trip.

Oden­daal said: “Ev­ery­one knows that the usual tested roads are nor­mally the best to get you to your des­ti­na­tion but the Ko­rt­pad team be­lieve that the ‘other route’ is way more in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing. That’s also how the name ‘Ko­rt­pad’ came to be.

“Edrique Botha, one of the riders, al­ways con­vinces his group that he knows a ko­rt­pad, but that road al­ways takes dou­ble the time to reach the des­ti­na­tion. So, Ko­rt­pad is a way to say that we are prob­a­bly not go­ing to ride the short­est route, but surely the most ex­cit­ing.”

Ac­cord­ing to the team, their motto is, “It’s about the jour­ney, not the des­ti­na­tion”.

The main ob­jec­tive of the ex­pe­di­tion is to cre­ate aware­ness and to raise funds for the J9 Foun­da­tion, cre­ated by for­mer rugby leg­end Joost Van der Westhuizen, who is suf­fer­ing from Mo­tor Neu­ron Dis­ease (MND).

Africa Un­cut said: “The J9 Foun­da­tion’s core ob­jec­tive is to raise aware­ness, both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, for MND.

“One of the main chal­lenges the foun­da­tion faces is a lack of knowl­edge of MND.

“This lack of knowl­edge isn’t only ex­pe­ri­enced by the public but is also com­mon among med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers and nurs­ing staff.” • To do­nate R30 to the J9 Foun­da­tion sms “ko­rt­pad” to 42305. Read more about team Ko­rt­pad on their Face­book page and fol­low the team on Twit­ter: @Kort pad­no­ord.

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Team Ko­rt­pad: (from left) Charl Meyer, Bruce My­burgh, Heiner Meyer and Edrique Botha, who are rais­ing funds by rid­ing from the Cape to ar­rive in Cairo at the end of Novem­ber.

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