CANCERVIVE VICTORY RUN – Stonehaven on Vaal

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The sun had barely peeked out over a wintery Gauteng landscape when the first riders rolled into Indian’s bespoke Melrose Arch dealership to participate in the Victory Run. Fact is, show motorcyclists a worthy cause and they pitch up in their droves to support it.

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The Cancervive initiative is a truly worthy cause! On an annual basis a combination of cancer survivors, as well as supporters, [who have raised funds for the cause] embark on a road trip visiting schools, factories and the like, to spread the gospel of early detection and subsequent treatment to beat this disease.

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As part of this initiative, Naniki Seboni, Thami Tshabalala and Lulu Masondo arranged a run from Indian [motorcycle sponsors of the 2018 road trip up the Cape West Coast] to Stonehaven on Vaal.

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With an excellent team of ‘Think Bike’ marshals keeping everything tidy, we braved the first properly chilly morning of the winter, riding out to the Vaal.

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Participants got into the spirit by adorning their riding kit with all manner of pink and blue and purple accouterments. Bringing up the rear were a bunch of Ural sidecars. Stonehaven is a beautiful establishment on the banks of the Vaal. Old English styling and ambiance complete with log burning fireplaces.

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Naniki welcomed the participants after they had all got seated for what was to be a yummy breakfast, and expanded on Cancervive. As usual, emotions ran high and many tears were shed.

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A survivor, Dirk Le Grange gave a moving testimony of his personal battle. This is a disease that gives little quarter and impacts individuals and families alike.

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Before departing, participants were given the opportunity to write messages for afflicted loved ones which were then exchanged for helium-filled, purple and pink balloons to release as prayers of hope or condolence, drifting up to heaven.

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A big shout out to all who participated and contributed to make this event such a great success. Indian, you guys rock!

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For more information about Indian Motorcycles, visit: www.indianmotorcycle.co.za

My name is Dave Cilliers. I consider cars as four wheeled shopping baskets and only worth using as a last resort! For years bikes have been my primary transport. Racing, touring, commuting or just kicking up dust on African tracks, I have owned over 270 motorcycles and ridden millions of kilometres. I am happiest when sharing my passion for motorcycles with like minded people whilst traversing Africa in search of adventure.