Riding for Joost
Team aim to raise knowledge of Motor Neuron Disease
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.
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.