Big wheels, big hearts

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THEY braved the chilly weather and put tyre to tar to donate groceries, blankets, clothes and a 50cm plasma TV worth R20 000 to Sukasambe Children’s Home in Meyerton in the Vaal.

The bikers turned heads as they motored their Harley-Davidsons, Ducatis, Yamaha R1s and Kawasakis to the home on Saturday.

Because of the bad reputation many bikers have earned, Avhashoni Matamela, also known as King Donut, formed the Soweto Motorbike School in 2008 to show that bikers really are kind-hearted.

Matamela has since trained about 300 bikers countrywide. The group also offers a three-week beginners’ course at R250 a lesson.

Matamela’s love for bikes started when he was a little boy, but his parents could not afford his costly hobby. His first ride on a real bike was when he became a messenger.

His dream to become a biker and open the Soweto Motorbike School was fulfilled when Yamaha SA donated five motorbikes after he approached them for sponsorship.

The group regularly meets with other bikers in and outside SA to promote friendship and show off their biking skills – and, of course, to do good deeds. – Pics and words by Bongiwe Mchunu

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