Youth Lead the Way in Tolerance for CYCALIVE 2014
Grade 11 students of different cultural and religious backgrounds came together on Sunday 17th August to cycle the challenging distance from Johannesburg to Durban, in the spirit of ubuntu – optimism and commitment for the common good of a positive future in South Africa.
As in the last few years, the 31 Cyclists from Torah Academy, Moletsane High and Pace Commercial Secondary School (both in Soweto) were joined by 6 Israeli boys from the P2G region of Beit Shemesh – Metah Yehuda. The boys connected immediately and demonstrated the exact objectives of what Cycalive is about - building bridges, endurance, tolerance and leadership.
The Chief Rabbi, Wendy Kahn, a representative from the Mandela Foundation and the ex-Principal from Pace Commercial Secondary School, addressed the cyclists and sponsors at a send-off ceremony on Sunday morning, at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. Lead by the metro police, Steel Wings motorcyclists and the Spring Field Band, the 37 cyclists received a rousing send off as they began their journey of outreach.
CycAlive follows the journey of this team of boys from diverse backgrounds as they cycle in relay to spread goodwill, learn about themselves and each other’s cultures and religions, raise funds for much needed educational projects and highlight the importance of road safety for cyclists..
En route, the cyclists delivered care packages, including stationery and refreshments, to patients at the Newcastle Hospital and students with disabilities at Ethembeni School in Hillcrest, KZN as well as various rural schools along the way.
They arrived in Durban on Thursday 21st August, with a big welcome from a KZN Field Band, civic dignitaries and Jewish Community leaders. On their arrival, they were be escorted by Metro Police as they rode along the Esplanade to the Moses Mabida Stadium. The boys spent a wonderful Shabbos hosted by the Council of KZN Jewry.