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CYCLISTS' GUIDE
Border2Beach Psycle Tour - 24 August - 7 September

"We have learnt that people affected by dementia in rural communities are often ostracized or even beaten as their symptoms are misunderstood. Having carers in these communities to educate and create understanding will hopefully reduce the stigma around mental health issues, empower people to look for early signs of detection and be better prepared should a loved one ever be affected by this cruel disease.” - Struan Anderson

“My father’s illness and subsequent death from Alzheimer’s in August last year made us appreciate how devastating this disease is on those diagnosed with the condition, and how unprepared we were as a family to cope and support my father through the process. We hope that the BORDER2BEACH Psycle Tour will generate exposure and decrease the stigma around the disease while raising funds to train caregivers that can assist those in low income communities that would otherwise be unable to access vital nursing care.” - Lyle Anderson 

 

50 years ago in 1969, three Hilton boys and their teacher started a three week long cycle across the country from Salisbury to Cape Town. 

They stretched their daily budget of R1.50 by buying a bath at the local hotel for 50c, taking turns to bath and then wash their clothes for the next day. In some towns they’d be offered a place to sleep, in others they would head to the police station and sleep on the verandah or in an empty cell. 

After 9 days they arrived in Johannesburg where the teacher, Rob van Heerden, left the three 17 year old boys to continue the trip to Cape Town on their own. They averaged 10 hours a day in the saddle, spent Christmas eve in a prison cell in Richmond and eventually arrived in Cape Town on schedule after 3 weeks of riding. 

One of these young riders was an adventurous man name Jonathan Anderson, who sadly developed dementia and passed away last year at the age of 65.  After Jono’s passing, his two sons wanted to pay tribute to their father by taking on the same ride he had completed as a school boy. 

Sponsored by Livewell Villages, a specialized dementia & Alzheimers care facility, Border2Beach was born. The team consists of four guys cycling across South Africa  (on road bikes ) from Beit bridge to Cape Town for dementia awareness and to raise funds for Alzheimer’s SA to train caregivers in rural communities. 

A 14 day adventure averaging around 160Km a day with an aim is to raise R200K which would be enough to train 80 caregivers! 

 

You can follow the lead up to the journey on instagram via @border2beach

 

Ride to remember: cyclists tackle epic Beitbridge to Cape Town ride for dementia 

Four cyclists. Two weeks. Over 2000 kilometres, for one worthy cause. 

Johannesburg, 19 August 2019: On August 24, the Border2Beach team – consisting of four amateur cyclists and good friends – will cover 2200km, in a bid to raise funds to support the need for more caregivers trained in dementia care. 

 

Meet the team

Globally there are an estimated 50 million people living with dementia – a term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory, thinking, behaviour, and the ability to perform everyday tasks – of which Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form.

The team consists of brothers Struan and Lyle Anderson (whose late father Jonathan was a dementia sufferer), as well as friends Gareth Myles and Simon Clayton. Simon’s father has also been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. On 24 August the team will be setting off from Beitbridge on the Zimbabwe-South Africa border, with a plan to arrive in Cape Town on 7 September. September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and the trip follows a route undertaken by Struan and Lyle’s adventurous father decades before them by bike, at the tender age of 17!

Myths and misconceptions

Despite growing numbers of people affected by dementia, there are still many dangerous misconceptions, including the myth that it is a normal part of ageing, or that dementia patients are bewitched or “possessed”. It is these harmful misunderstandings and stigmas that Border2Beach hope to combat through  word of mouth, a social media campaign, and specialist training for caregivers.

Sponsors

Livewell Villages – a specialised dementia and Alzheimer's care facility – has joined the campaign as the title sponsor . Livewell not only specialise in providing personalised dementia care for their residents, but have been pioneers in the dementia care industry since 2010. They are dedicated to the same ideals as the riders: to raise awareness about dementia across the country, to work with communities, and to ensure that people living with dementia are treated with the care and respect they deserve. Other companies have also kindly pledged support to the riders, including Publicis Groupe and Willard Batteries among others.

Signs and symptoms

Dementia isn’t “just” a difficulty remembering facts; it is a progressive loss of independence, mobility, memory, and even sometimes personality traits. There is no cure and limited treatments, not least of all because dementia patients are mostly unable to advocate for themselves. However, through the personal experiences of the Border2Beach team, they’ve realised that early detection and the need for education around these symptoms can afford a family time to prepare and help combat feelings of stress and guilt. 

Specialist care

Additionally, dementia patients do require specialist care. Border2Beach wants to raise R200 000 to support the training of 80 caregivers. Alzheimer’s SA provides this education at a cost of R2500 per person. 

How can you support?

Should you prefer to make a donation via direct bank deposit it can be made into the following bank account:

FNB CHEQUE ACC
BORDER2BEACH
Acc no: 62814531209
Branch: 250655

For more information on the Border2Beach Psycle Tour please visit  https://border2beach.co.za/ and to learn more about the signs and symptoms of dementia please visit https://livewell.care/know-10-warning-signs-symptoms-dementia/

About Border2Beach

What started as a tribute ride by two brothers in memory of their late father has grown into what is today the Border2Beach brand. Border2Beach has three primary objectives, raising awareness around dementia, reducing the stigma around the condition through education and raising funds for caregiver training in collaboration with Alzheimers SA.

About Livewell

Since 2011, the Livewell Group has been at the forefront of dementia and Alzheimer’s care in South Africa. The team of multidisciplinary specialists are led by a personal and heartfelt concern for the dignity and care of the elderly and their efforts continue to be encouraged by the strong market need for specialised individual dementia care.