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Form-Scaff supports rural schools

August 25, 2014

Battling rough terrain, river crossings and mountain climbs, a brave band of off-road warriors recently set out to light up the lives of the tiny children of the impoverished Manubi area on the Wild Coast.

Among them were our own Matthew Miles from Form-Scaff and Blackie Swart of Waco-Africa, who would not let the hundreds of kilometres of torturous terrain and nearly insurmountable natural obstacles stand in their way.

The company sponsored them to take part in the Ride 4 Change initiative of the charity Touch Africa that raised funds to build the Zisukhanyo crèche (meaning to shed light) that will provide the areas’ children with the kind of caring and nurturing environment that they deserve.

Battling the odds

Overall, the challenge saw 14 brave sponsored riders take on all manner of obstacles to enable them to ride their off-road Honda motorcycles all the way from Morgan’s Bay in the Eastern Cape, through Coffee Bay and Mazepa Bay to Manubi in order to raise the funds needed to build the crèche.

Villages along the coast in this area had recently been branded among “the 10 worst places to grow up” by the Sunday Times and this added impetus and determination on the part of the riders to do their best and bring much needed assistance to the rural communities along the way.

In order to do this they provided manual labour to assist with small projects, where possible, or delivered supplies in other areas where needed. The riders even took time to stop in at the “Step by Step” crèche project, which was built with the funds raised during last year’s ride, and checked in on the bright-eyed gang of little-ones.

Worthy cause

At the end of the trail was their destination of Manubi, where they were welcomed with open arms by the villagers and were cheered-on by the little children who they had travelled six days and 400km to see. After a short rest the riders knuckled-down and began the necessary preparatory work and inspected the foundations that had already been laid for the 50m² crèche project.  (Final construction work is far advanced and furnishing etc will be completed shortly).

All too soon the time was up though and the riders had to say their last goodbyes and begin the long and arduous trip back home. With the children’s shrieks of delight fading away behind them and the hills becoming distant, each rider was left with a special place in their hearts for these little ones.

This is the second year of the company’s participation in the Ride 4 Change charity initiative and underscores our commitment to improving the lives of everyone in our country, no matter how far away they are from us or how hard they are to reach! 

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