Adventurists with a vision. Between 19 December and 4 January two 125cc scooters will embark on a 2000km journey around the coast of South Africa, from the West Coast to Durban. This might seem like a silly idea at first, but this isn’t just a normal holiday road trip.
The STOP die Traffick! scooter tour will not only slow down traffick, they hope to be part of a movement that will stop it altogether. The initiative is an awareness and fundraising campaign for the battle against human trafficking. In each town they will create awareness and hand out information about the realities of this terrible industry. Funds raised will contribute directly towards building the first STOP safe house for victims rescued from abusive circumstances and human trafficking.
Human trafficking is currently the fastest growing illegal industry in the world. About one million people are trafficked against their will across international borders, mostly for the sex industry, and many more within the borders of our country. According to Corinne Sandenberg, founder of STOP (Stop Trafficking Of People): "In South Africa this problem is specifically dire. Drugs and weapons can be sold only once, but a person can be sold over and over again. This is a reality that we cannot ignore anymore." STOP is a non-profit organization who aims to create awareness about the realities of trafficking, to network organisations working in the field and to get victim assistance structures in place.
Look out for the scooters and their flashy support vehicle in these towns:
Vredenburg, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Hermanus, Still Bay, Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Jeffreys Bay, Port Elizabeth, East London, Port Edward, Margate, Durban.
More details about the trip at www.stopdietraffick.org
Francois Esterhuizen, one of the riders on the tour says: "Scooters are the most unlikely choice of transport to take on such a long and challenging journey. For this reason, it will be very visual and undoubtedly make traffic ‘stop’. Being the talk of the town will give immediate publicity and an easier starting point for conversation around a difficult subject, namely abuse and human trafficking."
If you have a motorbike, scooter, or even a bicycle, you are invited to provide the scooter tour with some company on the road for a few kilometres when they pass your town. The dates and times of the route will be updated daily on the website and the Facebook and Twitter pages. Come and raise your voice by blowing your hooter against human trafficking.
How can you help?
Everyone can help by making a small donation to build the safe house: Sms SAFE to 40131 to donate R20.
For bigger donations or more information about the project, visit the website: www.stopdietraffick.org and join our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Is there something to laugh about?
At the end of the trip all involved will regroup in Stellenbosch where a final fundraising event will take place on the 7th January at Uitkyk Wine Estate. At this event the focus will be on basic human rights – food, drink, laughs. Entertainers for the evening, the Lagnes Improv Comedy Group, will help celebrate the successes of the trip and achievements in the battle against human trafficking so far. The Lagnes Monsters, who have made name for themselves as masters of improvisation comedy, put up a family friendly show not to be missed.
Lagnes and STOP presents:
End of tour celebration
Venue: Uitkyk Wine Estate
Date: Friday, 7 January
Time: 19:30 for 20:00
Entertainment: Lagnes Improv Comedy
Tickets: R100 (includes a glass of wine, fresh bread and farm butter)
Reservations: Uitkyk – 021 884 4416
For more information: stopdietraffick.org
Or contact: Liezel van Beek 0766440902