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‘Ride for a Child’ bikers riding around South Africa to raise money for lifesaving surgeries

The most pressing surgeries are a heart valve replacement, a surgery on a 3 month old baby with bilateral club feet and lastly, an eye operation to prevent a child from going blind.

Bringing joy to orphaned children, and raising funds to perform lifesaving surgeries is what drives the executive director and founder of Pediatric Care Africa’s Dr Andre Hattingh.

Now in its 3rd year of operation, the ‘Ride for a Child’ campaign is the brainchild of Dr Hattingh who visits orphanages throughout South Africa annually to create awareness and raise funds for surgeries.

Ride for a Child also collects and distributes funds, toys and food.

Last week Dr Hattingh and supporters made a pit stop in Ballito on their way to Durban’s St Thomas Home for Children.

Each child who takes a ride on Dr Andre Hattingh’s bike receives a badge just similar to this.

The children were able to enjoy a ride on Dr Hattingh’s motorbike, which he began the journey on from Wit Rivier in Mpumalanga on Valentine’s Day this year.

Each child who completed a ride was awarded with a biker badge. For every kilometre travelled on his bike, sponsors also contribute R1.

At the time of their pit-stop in Ballito, the team were on their way to St Lucia with

1 000kms to go before completing a journey of about 7 000km around South Africa.

Quite often Dr Hattingh is joined on his journey by other bikers, as well as ambulance crews, tow truck drivers and security companies.

The goal this year is to raise enough money for 70 operations and pay toward specialists for 400 children.

The most pressing surgeries are a heart valve replacement, a surgery on a 3 month old baby with bilateral club feet and lastly, an eye operation to prevent a child from going blind.

He says that the experience of getting on a bike for some of the children is a first.

“Sometimes it can be daunting, especially with children suffering from Down’s syndrome. They enjoy the ride so much and when it ends, well, they simply don’t want it to stop,” said Dr Hattingh.

The visits are also part of an initiative to determine the medication the homes need.

For more information on the cause, visit pediatriccareafrica.org.

They are in desperate need of more volunteers and any form of donation would always be welcomed.

To stay up-to-date on their daily progress, follow Ride for a Child on Facebook.

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