In August 2018 two brothers sadly lost their Father, Jonathan Anderson, after a life-long battle with
bi-polar mood disorder which culminated in dementia with a drug induced Parkinsonism.
Jono, in his youth, was a great adventurer and achieved amazing feats that few others would even think to attempt like sailing the Cape to Rio yacht race and paddling the orange river. He undertook one of his greatest adventures at the tender age of seventeen when he rode a bicycle from salisbury (Harare) to Cape Town!
Brothers, Struan and Lyle Anderson couldn’t think of a better way to honour their Dad than to cycle across the country as he did, from Beit Bridge border Zimbabwe to Cape Town.
Further than that they realised they had an opportunity to use this ride to create awareness around Dementia. Although Dementia is a progressive degenerative disease, early detection affords a family time to prepare while their affected loved one is still able to be a part of the conversation. It can save a family an incredible amount of guilt and stress down the road when they know they are carrying out their loved ones wishes instead of feeling the burden of making decisions for them.
The R200K raised from the ride is busy being used for the training of 80 caregivers in dementia and Alzheimer's care. When someone gets affected In small communities around South Africa, they are often believed to have an evil spirit and can be beaten to get the "evil out". Or they are ostracised from the community. Having caregivers trained and on the ground
can stop this from happening!
It was the trip of a lifetime and we felt it was too good not to share it with the world!
Hence, Border2Beach 2020! This ride more than just a multistage road cycling event (the furthest of its kind in the country) but also a heritage tour of South Africa exposing riders to some of the hidden gems discovered along the route. It is a celebration of our beautiful country and the warmth of her people.
Don’t miss out on this adventure, join us for the ride of your life.