Andries takes on another cycle tour

Despite suffering from a debilitating illness, he has joined the team of selfless cyclists again this year. He will also be participating in the Cape Town Cycle Tour, previously known as the Cape Argus, shortly after completing the Xtreme Cycle Tour.
Andries is a former student of Meerhof School and was diagnosed with a large brain tumor when he was just eight years old and was given a two percent chance of survival. Two tumours have been removed from his brain; he has had numerous strokes, developed Muscular Dystrophy and Fibrosis in certain areas of the brain, but just continues pushing and proving all medical expectations wrong.
“The Xtreme Cycle Tour is said to be the most extreme tour in the country,” said Monique Strydom who is the founder of the Matla A Bana charity organisation under the auspices of which the cycle tour takes place.” This charity raises funds to help combat child abuse. This year it is about bullying and how to put a stop to it.
Captain Bully Buster and other characters, acted out by the cyclists, show children from schools in various provinces how bullying happens and what to do to prevent it.
Andries takes the entire cycle in his stride and does not even look exhausted by the time he reaches the next destination, sometimes having covered more than 200 km during the day. “This is for a great cause,” he says. Monique says that it is a pleasure having Andries as part of the team. “He makes the tour so much fun and is such an ambassador for this project.”
By Tuesday, 7 March, the project had raised close to R 190 000 and the cyclists had stopped over in Aberdeen for a rest.

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