Cyclist ready to tackle 600 km stretch for Hope

Fundraising initiative
In a bid to raise funds for a children's home in Tsumeb, a local cyclist will be cycling 600 kilometres.
Leandrea Louw
Avid cyclist and philanthropist, Danny Beukes, says he is ready and fit to tackle a 600 kilometre stretch on his cycle from Walvis Bay to Tsumeb starting on Friday.

Beukes is doing this to raise funds for Hope Children’s Centre in Tsumeb. The centre which is home to eight vulnerable children, was founded by the late Andre Theron, who died of Covid-19 last year, and his wife Jenette, who is the guardian for the children at the centre. The children, aged 5 to 16, were removed from distressed environments. “I met the couple a few years back and told them that I wanted to do something for them and the centre. When Andre passed away last year, I re-visited the idea and my family and I decided to take on this challenge as part of our annual holiday”, Beukes said.

Beukes will kick off the five day cycling tour from Walvis Bay. “I will cycle from the harbour town to Henties Bay where I will be joined by the non-profit organisation Women Who Care and we will visit a children’s home. We will travel back to Walvis Bay by car. On Saturday we will tackle the biggest portion of the journey; that is from Walvis Bay to Usakos, where we will overnight in Karibib. From Karibib we will cycle to Wilhelmstal to Omaruru, where we will also overnight. On Monday we will rest, and will travel by car from Omaruru to Outjo. On Tuesday, we will take the lion’s route (gravel road) from Outjo to Otavi, where we will spend the night in Otavi. From Otavi, we will travel to Grootfontein, where we will be joined by other cyclists that will accompany me to Tsumeb.”

In terms of the fundraising, donors can sponsor 25c, 50c, N$1 or N$2 per kilometre travelled by bicycle. “I am extremely grateful to both companies and individuals who donated and assisted me thus far. I am especially grateful to pensioners who also supported me, despite the little pension they receive. It’s admirable. This shows me that I am not doing this in vain. I strongly believe in the power of community and it’s great to see how everyone is supporting me in this journey to raise much needed funds for a cause near to my heart.”

Updates on the journey can be followed on Beukes’s social media page.