Documentary About Garai Makaya
From 24th June 2018 I will take on a New World Record Endurance Challenge on my ElliptiGO bike - aiming to ride 2,700km (1,700-miles) across Britain, from Land's End to John o'Groats and back again - in order to raise awareness and funding for a project very close to my heart (a documentary film about my late brother, the skydiver Garai Makaya, and the skydiving community he built in Botswana).
In order to succeed in my Endurance Guinness World Record attempt I'll need to ride about 150-miles (241km) every day, for 11 days in a row. It will be tough, but I am motivated by the significance of this project and what it would mean to actually achieve all these ambitious goals.
On the 11th February 2017 Garai Makaya passed away in a skydiving accident in South Africa. Garai had been a pioneer in the skydiving and adventure tourism movement in Botswana, touching many lives and making what many considered to be an extreme sport more accessible - and relevant - to 'everyday people'.
As depicted in the photo above (with His Excellency Ian Khama, President of Botswana at the time) Garai was able to reach and engage with a kaleidoscope of people - of all ages, backgrounds and careers - and he was able to get them to take an active interest in the things he was passionate about.
Garai was passionate about following his calling, which was to build the skydiving movement in Botswana and to make that a part of the global skydiving movement. He was also a very simple (and yet remarkably unique) individual, who brought warmth and inspiration to the lives of everyone who knew him.
So we (his family and friends) are keen to see his legacy sustained through the making of a documentary film about his life, his passions, and the people whose lives he has touched...
Garai was very keen on supporting charitable projects - something which he did very discreetly, but with a lot of commitment - and to respect those values we will dedicate any surplus fundraising (and all the proceeds of the documentary film) towards the charitable causes which he supported in Botswana.
As his brother (and as a long-distance cyclist) I feel compelled to use whatever skills and connections I have to contribute towards the realisation of this goal. So I am dedicating the toughest cycling challenge of my life towards the fundraising effort required to make this project a reality.
I started planning this challenge on my birthday in 2017 (the date when this page was set up) just over a month after Garai passed away - and in June 2018 I will attempt to set this new Endurance World Record in his honour (and also to help raise funds for the documentary film project). Any support you can give us, big or small, will be most gratefully received.
You can follow my endurance cycling World Record challenge on this link (and for those of you who didn't get to meet Garai, but would like to know a little more about him, a good article about the last 10 years of his life as a skydiver can be read here).