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On 1 June this year, popular singer and songwriter Elvis Blue set out on the adventure of a lifetime to make a difference in the lives of children.

Elvis Blue rides for children in need

On 1 June this year, popular singer and songwriter Elvis Blue set out on the adventure of a lifetime to make a difference in the lives of children.

His “Elvis Blue ry vir Skoolgeld” tour will cover a distance of 1 500km from George to Nelspruit, where he will be performing at the Innibos Arts Festival at the end of June.

“I refuse to live in a world where children with empty stomachs have to go to school and try to learn something,” Elvis says. “I refuse to just sit around knowing that there are children who do not have pencils, pens, books, or even shoes to go to school with or that there are prodigies, sportsmen and music maestros who will never have the opportunity to rise above their circumstances. 

I refuse to live in a world where children with empty stomachs have to go to school and try to learn something.

Elvis Blue

“There is so much noise and need and hopelessness around us; sometimes we become numb to it. And my heart hurts when parents cannot take care of their children, or when a child’s circumstances just seem impossible. Even if I can only do for a few children what I wish I could do for thousands, I think it is still worth it,” he says.

Hunger affects around 9,6 million children in South Africa every day. Food insecurity is linked to a wide range of consequences, including social and behavioral problems, and is linked to health conditions such as stunted growth, poor concentration, and low immunity. 

“South Africa also has one of the most unequal education systems in the world, suffering from poor or absent infrastructure, overcrowded classrooms, and chronic underachievement that puts the future of our children and therefore our country in jeopardy,” he says.

In partnership with the Atterbury Trust, one of South Africa’s most respected charitable trusts, Elvis is raising funds to initially support two charities: Life Community Services in George, and the Daantjie Orphan Project in Nelspruit.

He will be arriving in Nelspruit on Friday 14 June and should arrive at Suikerbossie Tea Garden on the R40 (Barberton Road) at around 13:00. The plan is to  have a festive convoy escort him into Mbombela to the ultimate finish line at i’langa Mall, where he should arrive at 15:00. 

Cyclists who would like to join Elvis in the convoy from Suikerbossie Tea Garden to I’langa Mall on the final heroes parade must be there at 13:30. 

Companies and individuals are invited to join in the festivities at the piazza at i’langa Mall (the area between Panarottis and Doppio Zero) to welcome Elvis and his team at the finish line. 

How to support Elvis Blue’s Project to make a difference in the lives of children:

Businesses and the general public can get involved through financial donations or donating any school supplies. The public can also make a voluntary donation when buying Innibos tickets, as well as via Elvis Blue social-media platforms and on the Atterbury Trust’s website via the Donation Shop

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