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Old Legs Tour 2019

$9,475 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 68 people in 8 months
On June 01 2019, a group of 10 middle aged to elderly mountain bike riders will ride out of Harare and head north in the general direction of Mt Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free standing mountain and Africa’s highest peak. Where possible, we’ll ride on the roads less travelled, through places like Mt Darwin and Mukumbura, up towards Caborra Bassa and on to Tete and into Malawi. Heading north, we’ll hug the shores of Lake Malawi through places like Nkhata Bay and Livingstonia. Once we get up into Southern Tanzania we’ll ride through Tukuyu, up over the Elton Plateau and through the Kitulo National Park, gaining an impressive 7444 meters in just 263 kilometres. Should we survive, we will head north to Iringa, Dodoma and Arusha, eventually ending up at the bottom of the pointy mountain a.k.a. Mt Kilimanjaro. Whence upon we’ll walk up it, unless we fall foul of altitude sickness.


We’ll ride 2900 kilometres with a total elevation gain of 36000 meters. Which is the equivalent of Mt Everest times four time. We will be riding on mountain bikes, mostly because we don’t have road bikes but also because of dodgy roads. We hope to average somewhere between 100 and 120 kilometres per day, Old Legs and mountains permitting.


We’re riding the Tour to raise money and awareness for the Zimbabwean old age pensioners. The generation that built Zimbabwe have had their pensions, their life savings and their wealth eroded and reduced to nothing by thirty years of mismanagement and silly economics. They now need our help. The Old Legs 2019 Tour is targeting to raise $100,000 for ZANE, Pensioner’s Aid Harare and the Bulawayo Help Network. Between them, our chosen charities look after over 1800 pensioners across Zimbabwe, providing them with food, medicines and somewhere to call home, plus lots of love and hugs. They also facilitate cataract operations, hearing aids, and the list goes on. In addition to their work with the aged, the charities also fund a clubfoot correction program, successfully treating over 2,600 children to date, a prosthetic limb program for landmine victims and provide treatments for children with hearing impairment.
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Hi All,
Here we are 13 days into Old legs Tour 2019 sitting on Lake Malawi for our rest day, we have covered approx 1460 ks and will start climbing from now over the weekend.
The team are all in good spirits, 10 riders and 6 Support crew all enjoying our second rest day in Chitimba beach resort .
Our fund raising has $7840.00 from all you wonderful people, please follow Eric's Blogs on Facebook and enjoy a good laugh.
Best regards.
Mark (Johno) Johnson.
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Great news, we have passed the $7000 raised to date. I am seriously so happy that everyone has got behind this great cause to help the oldies in Zimbabwe.
Just as added incentive we are including all our donors onto an Australian flag which will be flown from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Thank you all that have donated to date, those that are still thinking of helping please push the button today.
Best regards.
Mark.
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Great turn out for our little golf day at Bulimba golf course Friday 10th May.
Thanks to Bradley Johnson from BMJ Golf for organising prizes and the day.
We raised $1300 beautiful dollars for the oldies in Zimbabwe, this will be added to our total later this week.
Thank you so much for all the golfers that took the time to support this fantastic cause.
Mark.
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Hi All, Well Great news today we sent $4000 Australian dollars to ZANE Australia to be used to help the oldies left in Zimbabwe. What a fantastic effort from all you donors , you truly are a my drive to compete this ride.
Happy to tell you all that the training is going well with my goal of 200ks 300ks per week more then I done all my life. Have got use to raising 4.30am most work days to ride the coast around Redcliffe and Nudgee Beach point through the wetlands.
Brisbane has fantastic bike ways to enjoy with out worrying about traffic, I have meet many new bike mates while touring the coast.
The new Bike is a treat and highly recommend mountain biking for a bit more comfit, downside is not as speedy as racing bike but as we in for the long hall. Have been passed by many E Bikes with motors to help with the hills , they really allow people to get out in the fresh air that would have otherwise find riding a tad hard .
Can't wait to start the Old Legs Tour on 1st June , Thanks again for all your donations. Please share if you can help me help the oldies.
Best Regards,
Mark.
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