Aptly named the Scooter Addicts, four courageous scooter riders depart from the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital on the 1st of February for an adventure with an agenda. The scooters will ride 35 000km to Dublin in 8 months, through 20 countries, visiting 14 children’s hospital en route in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, with no support vehicle! The objective of this riding expedition, organised by Chris Venter, is to create awareness and raise funds for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, as the only specialist children’s hospital in Southern Africa.
Chris’ teenage daughter had life-saving heart surgery at the Hospital when she was a baby and Chris has remained a supporter of the Children’s Hospital Trust ever since. All the preparations leading up until departure commenced two years ago, with Chris and fellow bikers, Hein Gerber, Dave Manor and Ian Chamberlain, arranging bike gear, visas and participating in expo’s to evoke public interest and attract potential donors who wish to support their efforts or donate for the benefit of the Hospital.
This is not the first time that Chris has initiated such a trip. In 2006, Chris arranged The Greater Trek, in which the bikers rode to the most Western, Northern, Eastern and Southern tips of Africa, also for the benefit of publicising the Hospital that saved his daughter’s life.
Their journey will end at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. The Scooter Addicts are determined to publicise the incredible work of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, which is a referral hospital for the sickest of sick children from all over Africa.