Border2Beach: Cyclists set for

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Border2Beach: Cyclists set for 2200km tour for those affected by dementia

Four cyclists are ready to cycle across the country to raise awareness for dementia as part of the Border2Beach ‘psycle’ tour.

Border2Beach: Cyclists set for

Photo: skeeze from Pixabay

Four cyclists are set to cycle 2200 km later this month as part of the Border2Beach ‘psycle’ tour to raise awareness for dementia.

The Border2Beach tour is set to take place from 24 August to 7 September 2019 from the Beitbridge border in Zimbabwe to Cape Town.

The idea for the tour initially came in 2018 when two brothers lost their Father, Jonathan Anderson, after a life-long battle with bi-polar mood disorder which culminated in dementia.

The two brothers, Struan and Lyle Anderson couldn’t think of a better way to honour their dad than to cycle across the country as he did when he was younger. Their father reportedly rode a bicycle from Salisbury (Harare) to Cape Town when he was only seventeen years old:

“Further than that, they realised they had an opportunity to use this ride to create awareness around dementia,” reads the Border2Beach’s official website.

“Although dementia is a progressive degenerative disease, early detection affords a family time to prepare while their affected loved one is still able to be a part of the conversation. It can save a family an incredible amount of guilt and stress down the road when they know they are carrying out their loved one’s wishes instead of feeling the burden of making decisions for them.”

Border2Beach also started a BackaBuddy campaign to raise funds to train caregivers and nurses to assist and educate people about dementia in small communities.

Their goal is to eventually train 80 caregivers.

Publicis Groupe Africa has also committed to creating a marketing campaign to teach people about dementia and how to spot early signs which will hopefully lead to early detection allowing more time to prepare.

Funds raised will be transferred directly to the campaign creator’s NGC partners, Alzheimer’s SA who will begin training as many caregivers and nurses as possible. If you’d like to donate, please click here.

For updates on the Border2Beach ‘psycle’ tour, visit their official Facebook page for more details.