Introducing the Ride On! Speak Out! team – Part 1

29
Oct

We feature members of the Ride On! Speak Out team on our Facebook page every day with a little more detail about them and why they are doing the trip. Here’s the first batch of profiles in case you missed ’em.

Johann Rawlinson

Johann Rawlinson

Introducing the first, and one of the most experienced Ride On! Speak Out Riders, Johann Rawlinson.

“I’ve been riding since 1967 …………..45 years!” Asked why he’s doing the trip, “I smaak my boney, I smaak Africa and I wanna ‘punch’ everyone that abuses women and girls”. Johan’s secret preparations for the 7600km trip includes, “mixing sore-bum muti to take along. Fundamentally focused on mental preparedness to carry the torch and wave the flag for the cause.”

Redawaan Hendricks

Redawaan Hendricks

We are kicking off Monday morning with our 2nd featured adventure rider, and the first of our three UN friends who will join the hardy JHB riders. Redawaan Hendricks has been riding on and off since the 1980’s, cutting his teeth on Honda and Yamaha motorcycles. He’s now looking forward to riding a Harley for the first time, for an awesome cause.

As for the reason he’s doing this trip? In his own
words, “After climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with inspirational leader Nomcebo Manzini, the UNWOMEN Regional Director and 72 other climbers from across the continent of Africa, to Climb Up and Shout Out to end Violence against Women and Girls, we decided to continue the campaign with a motorcycle ride through Africa to amplify the campaign message. I am doing this for the both of us. To quote Mahatma Ghandi – “You have to be the change, you want to see in the world.” So, to be the positive role model in ending violence against women and girls, I am doing this for my children- especially my sons- and all the men out there in the world.” Asked about his preparation, “Lots of love, encouragement and support from my amazing wife.”

Garth Taylor

Garth Taylor

Today we feature Garth Taylor, better known as “Big G”! He’s no stranger to two wheels with an impressive 20 years of riding under the belt. Two young ladies are his main motivation for doing the ride, “As a father of two daughters that I love, I want to show them that men can care and make a change.” Ever the serious rider, Garth’s preparations include, “strengthening my back for the monster days of long-distance riding.”

Peter Hood

Peter Hood

Peter Hood (our 2nd UN rider) joins the pack with more than two decades of riding experience. Asked about why he was doing the ride, “I have a strong affinity with gender equality and women’s empowerment due to 25 years of work with the UN Population Fund and postings in Africa (Somalia and Western Sahara).” Riding the 7800km should not be a problem for Peter who stays riding fit and supplements his activities with cycling and kayaking.

Kevin Nunes

Kevin Nunes

Today we feature Kevin Nunes, no stranger to riding with over 10 years of throttle twisting experience. Kevin will be one of the Harley Davidson Dealership representatives on the trip and the official technician. He will man our sponsored Mercedez Benz support vehicle and will be looking after the well being of the team’s motorcycles. With more than 6 years experience as Harley Davidson tech under the belt we’re lucky to have him on board.

Asked about how he felt about the upcoming adventure, “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something like this, and for an awesome cause, making people aware of the scourge of abuse against woman and girls.”

Antonie de Jong

Antonie de Jong

Antonie de Jong, the last of our three UN friends, is a motorcycle enthusiast with more than 25 years experience, cutting his teeth on Honda, JAWA, Yamaha, BMW and Ural. Ton’s staying fit by cycling to work every day, motorcycling and taking bee pollen to prepare for his Harley-powered African adventure.

In Ton’s words, “Men must become more aware of the violence problem and learn that it’s something that can be prevented, that their help is needed, badly needed.”

* Erm, Ton, we are used to a little less formal riding attire here in Africa. See you soon. 🙂

  1. Geoff Simmons 29 October, 2012

    This rag-tag, motley crew of misfits who are joined by the V-twin are starting to take shape, pull together and with it, maybe bring some order to the chaos of the universe. Keep it going guys and Ween, you’re doing an awesome job as media mogul. 🙂

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