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Toys for Africa!

By Naomiestment @naomiestment

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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 favorite weekend enduro riding haunt called De Wildt.

The Enduro World crew gathered a group of 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:

Enduro 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

Enduro 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. Actually, Dave’s is the Drift brand, which he decided on after much deliberation about the comparative features between this and the GoPro. 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 the trails . . . although I’m not sure what that will do to my nerves


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