On the road to help Shelley. It’s never too late to make a pledge

8 Feb
Have some fun in the Joburg to Cape Town  ALL OR BUST pledge donation ( a distance of 1,500 km )

Have some fun in the Joburg to Cape Town ALL OR BUST pledge donation fundraising cycle ride ( a distance of 1,500 km )

Starting on 9 Feb. Eelco Meyjes , who is a director of the Rare Finch Conservation Group ( RFCG ) , will attempt to do a solo cycle ride from Johannesburg to Cape Town, a distance of 1,500 km, as part of a novel fundraising initiative. We are pleased to report that a substantial amount has already been pledged to the ALL OR BUST cycle ride, but we always need more . It’s simple and fun to participate . All you need to do is send an e mail to editor@avitalk.co.za, give your name plus contact details and pledge an amount of money . If he makes it to Cape Town you need to honour your pledge and if he doesn’t you owe absolutely nothing ( Please note that no cash will be taken by the cyclist whilst doing the ride. A pledge means that money is not involved until the ride is successfully completed )

An online pledge can be made at any-time during his cycle ride. It is estimated , if he makes it, that it will take him 20 to 24 days to get there . For those readers wanting to know a bit more about the specs of the bike and the ride here goes… he will be riding a 29er MTB with tubeless tires. His kit weighs 30 kg and the bike weighs 12 kg. Everyday he starts off with 5 litres of water on the bike. He will try and average about 80 km a day. He will stay in B+B’s and guest farms wherever possible. Thanks to Tracetec, who have kindly sponsored his satelitte tracking system, you will be able to follow his progress each day live on http://www.tracetec.net

The money raised from the ALL OR BUST Johannesburg to Cape Town cycle ride will be used to find one of Africa's rarest finches . The Shelley's Crimsonwing ( Cryptospiza shelleyi ). Painting by Howard Robinson

The money raised from the ALL OR BUST Johannesburg to Cape Town cycle ride will be used to try and help find one of the rarest finches in Africa . The Shelley’s Crimsonwing ( Cryptospiza shelleyi ). Painting done by Howard Robinson

If his epic fundraising cycle ride from Johannesburg to Cape Town is a success then pledge donors will be able to honour their pledges by simply using the convenient and secure  PayPal payment facility below . All donors will be publicly acknowledged on the Rare Finch Conservation Group website. The Rare Finch Conservation Group is registered as a non-profit organisation.

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