Maun is very famous as the bastion of tourism in Botswana. There is the Thamalakane River and just a few kilometres away, the World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta.
Likewise, Sun City in Rusternburg is a tourist resort that offers all sorts of luxuries and fantasies for the well-moneyed.
A group of people, have decided to have fun and also contribute to a social cause, through cycling and they chose to do the unthinkable and rode from Maun to Sun City.
In most cases people ride bicycles for fun, to keep fit or for sporting activities which most of the time is for short distances save for sports persons who normally ride long distances.
last week, a group of six local people finished a bicycle ride which was not either of the aforementioned aims.
The group conceptualised the idea of riding for a different course; to raise awareness. They rode all the way from Maun to Sun City in Rustenburg, South Africa covering a distance of 1 300 kilometres in six days.
Spokesperson of the bicycle challenge, Oabile Letlhare said in an interview this week that the ride was done to raise awareness about Women against Rape but not raise funds.
He said the idea was to challenge them to do the 1 300 km in 10 days but went on to do better by covering that distance in six days, which he said it is something they are proud of.
To cover that distance in a shorter period he said they averaged 200 km per day spending nights in various villages and towns down the country until they reached their target destination.
Letlhare said the objective of the cycle was to reach as many people as possible and relay the message about the abuse of women particularly rape.
Though he said the financial support they received was little, Letlhare said the little they got managed to see them through to the last day.
“We were accommodated for free in a lodge in Letlhakane as well as at Khama Rhino Sanctuary; we also received water and energy drinks from KBL,” he said.
The cycle was not a fund raising event and Letlhare said in the coming year they will embark on a fund raising cycle in which they intend to cycle around Lake Malawi.
The funds raised will be used to help various individuals such as orphans and others affected by social ills.
Even though the cycling was for raising awareness, Letlhare described the experience as memorable one particularly that he feels it served it intended purpose of raising awareness.
The cycle started on the 28th November and was completed on the 4th of December which included four cycling members and two support members. The cyclists were Thuto Moutloatse, Thuso Letlhare, Kagiso Masoba and Daisy Hancock.