Mail from Gareth:
On 26 February 2010 I will be heading from Australia to South Africa for the beginning of a Trans-Africa motorcycle trip. The plan is to start from South Africa and head up the east coast of Africa eventually ending up in Egypt. I expect that the trip will take about 4 months, span over 16000km’s and will cross through at least ten African countries (South Africa / Mozambique / Zimbabwe / Malawi / Tanzania / Kenya / Uganda / Ethiopia / Sudan / Egypt). The majority of my trip will be solo, but two of my university mates (Andrew “Bonky” King and Richard “Cobbles” Kolbe) will be joining me for the first part of the trip.
I have been wanting to do this trip for ages. In my opinion Africa is a “must see” continent with such spectacular scenery and some absolutely amazing people. I was born in Rhodesia and raised in South Africa, so Africa is in my blood. I am also a firm believer that all Africans (no matter what colour) need to stand together, believe in themselves and show the world that Africa is a continent that can succeed.
As part of my trip, I am going to try and take the time to document my progress and download some interesting pictures of my journey. You can follow my progress on the website http://boksbikeadventure.blogspot.com/ which I will try and keep updated through the numerous dodgy internet café’s along the way. I will also be interested to hear your views on Africa – whether it be politics, sport, poverty, education, solutions, whatever … all thoughts and opinions are welcome.
Together with AMEC Minproc, I will also be taking this opportunity to raise funds for charity. The charity that I have selected is a charity called “Riders for Health” which is organization that provides health-workers with motorbikes and medicines to ensure that millions of people in the remote areas of Africa receive regular, reliable health care, often for the first time in their lives. The result – 10.8 million people are now accessing vital health care in Africa. AMEC Minproc have very kindly offered to match any donations that I manage to raise. So please dig deep for this great cause!
You can donate by clicking on http://www.justgiving.com/Gareth-Davey and following the instructions.