South Africa WIO Ride
On Thanksgiving Day 2018, Drew and Neale left America bound for South Africa for the first full WIO motorcycle ride to directly benefit Wellspring. With Drew directing the tour from the support vehicle, and Neale leading on the road from the saddle of a BMWR1200GS they were joined by eight voluntourists for two weeks of travel and adventure.
During the 3,000-kilometer ride, the group visited many cultural and historical sites, as well as a full day in the world famous Kruger National Park where they got to see the “Big Five.” The Highlight of the tour came at the end though, where the group visited Wellspring’s projects in the Mzholozi settlement located on the outskirts of White River. Here, they got to meet WIO’s liaison, Charles Sanderson, long time friend of the foundation Louis Rascher and visit the structures built on previous trips. It was a long day, with many highlights, but once more Drew had carried 125 pairs of the “Shoes that grow” for the children so the group as able to distribute shoes to the many needy children. In addition, WIO provided a lunch for over 100 children who rely solely on the kindness of the local community volunteers who are responsible for feeding these children their one meal of the day.
A quick trip to see Ouma, our Centenarian Grandmother that Drew built the first WIO house for back in 2014. We also visited one of our community centers to meet with the ladies group who are producing crocheted animals we will be offering for sale shortly at the web site. The group, the brainchild of Tana Van Schalkwyk and Julianna Walters is known as the Ukuthunga. Or Queens of crochet in English.
While visiting the community center we met with Jacquie Smith and Damon Greville at Pro-Vision International to discuss a future partnership as they provide health care to the community. Our time in White River was made extra special thanks to our gracious hosts Alan and Lenora Williams of the Stone Crop Lodge: Our home away from home in South Africa.
Moving forward, we are feeling ever more positive about our work in South Africa, thanks to our friends and partners who are working tirelessly on the ground to address the enormous needs on a daily basis. As always, we thank you for your continued support and kindness in helping us help these wonderful people in our own small way.