If seven cyclists pedal for five hours to cover 125 km as a fund raising project to raise money for orphaned children – how much will they collect?
Once the maths has been done and all the sponsorship forms collected, the hope is that the around 200 children in the care of the Motswedi Orphans and Destitute Society will be P100 000 better off.
Led by veteran fundraiser, Mbaiwa Bashi Shubani the magnificent seven that included Steve Duma, Loago Shallow, Caston Matevhe, Lesedi Setlhare,
Alfred Mooketsi and Badiri Motlaleng, left from The Voice offices in Francistown at 5.00am for their marathon fund raising ride to Mokubilo village.
The event organised by the Francistown Art of Living (AOL) group was held to raise cash for a bakery that will help the society generate future income.
Four years ago the group adopted the Mokubilo project and has been working with the Motswana Centre, which provides for the needs of the swelling number of orphaned children in the area living in abject poverty.
Speaking on behalf of the Art of Living organization, Cheenu Krishnan saluted the cyclists for braving the scorching heat to complete the charity ride, raising both money and awareness of the plight of the children.
He also expressed gratitude to Benedict Fungwane, the co-founder and coordinator of the centre for giving the AOL group the chance to be of service to the community.
Krishnan told the gathering that AOL was started in India as a non-political, nonreligious, humanitarian organisation that offers stress management and self-development workshops and also carries out charitable activities.
According to one of the organizers Anandi Padmanaban, the total so far collected from sponsorship stands at P20 000, with many other pledges yet to be collected. “We still need more funds. Any contribution is welcome.
Please help Benedict since she is a symbol of hope for numerous little children in village,” Anandi, who of is also an Art of living instructor, told villagers and invited guests.