By Jonk Mashamba
Ntwanano Ngobeni, a local cyclist and philanthropist, born and bred in the dusty streets of Joppie Village is invading Tzaneen with his Cycling crew.
The son of the soil will be Cycling 427km from Pretoria to Tzaneen in a bid to raise funds for the disadvantaged communities around the countryside of N’wamitwa.
This year, he will be donating 21 Wheelchairs, 10 walking sticks and 8 walking frames to Joppie Disability Centre.
Mlambya, as he is popularly addressed, will also be donating groceries to various families in the village and he has partnered with the Department of Health who will be donating Sanitary pads to the women of Joppie Village.
“After learning about the challenges that people living with Disabilities face, I felt the need to step up and do something about it.
“Some of these people are stuck in their houses because of lack of Wheelchairs. They are also unable to visit the local Disability centres because of their immobility.
“We are hoping that the donations will make their lives easier,” he explained.
Mlambya will be joined by fellow Cyclists from Gauteng, Mokopane, Polokwane, Louis Tritchardt and Tzaneen. The first leg of the trip will commence on Friday 23 April in Pretoria to Mokopane.
The next day they will be cycling from the pit stop to Tzaneen. On Sunday they will leave Tzaneen town and Cycle to the dusty streets of Joppie Village where the handover will take place.
Along the route to Tzaneen, they will be picking up runners who will be taking part of the journey.
Solly “Makamaka” Nkuna, a Joppie Village born Comrade Marathon Runner, will lead the runners all the way to a place called “Timugenini” – Joppie Village.
Ngobeni is calls on Cyclists and runners to join him at the venue. He has also urged residents to donate whatever they can.
“If you have anything to give, just give your time and join us on the day,” he added.
For more information, contact Ntwanano Ngobeni on 071 903 2022.
Source: Nwamitwa Times