Cape Town - A grandfather from Retreat is gearing up to ride more than 1000 kilometres in just 14 hours to raise funds for a local children's home.
Tony Lawrence, director of Children and Youth Ministries for the Anglican Church in Southern Africa, will take to the open road on Friday 8 September to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Leliebloem House Children’s Home and raise funds to supports its work.
The home assists 60 children between four and 18 years old residential care programmes in Mitchells Plain, Athlone, Wynberg and Paarl, among others. The children are placed into this alternative programme by the court because they have been found to be in need of care and protection, and services in the community are not accessible.
'It was just never on my bucket list'
Lawrence, 62, who is passionate about youth development, says he first started riding motorcycles only five years ago.
"My son Paul is a biker and one year at Christmas lunch he said he was giving up his superbike and would go for a Harley-Davidson,” he explained.