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The Lowveld Motorcycle Safety Initiative (LMSi) arranged a ride to the Silverdays retirement home in Waterval Boven to deliver donations to the institution over the weekend.

Lowveld bikers ease the burden of retirement home in Waterval Boven

The Lowveld Motorcycle Safety Initiative (LMSi) arranged a ride to the Silverdays retirement home in Waterval Boven to deliver donations to the institution over the weekend.

“LMSi is all about safety for motorcyclists, but we also care deeply for the aged,” says Hennie de Lange, LMSi deputy chairperson. “We meet for coffee every Friday morning at McDonald’s Crossing Centre in Nelspruit, and one Friday morning we were talking about how retirement homes do not receive much in the way of financial aid from the government.

I am proud to have been involved in this outreach. It is incredible to see how willing Lowvelders are to give to those less fortunate than them.

Hennie de Lange

“We decided that talking about it does not help, and we set a date to go to Silverdays to assist where we can. We spoke to our friends in the biking community and, apart from LMSi members and their friends and family, we received donations from other members of the Lowveld biking community too.

“We want to acknowledge HOG Lowveld, Crusaders Banished, and the owners of Bicycle Boyz and the riders who support them. And from outside the biking community, we also received support from Vleis Paleis, Foxi Nax, Spar DC, and the International Police Association (IPA) Lowveld region.”

Food and gifts had to be transported with an SUV towing a luggage trailer, there was too much to load on the motorcycles.

The visitors spent some time with the residents of Silverdays and, apart from the food donations, also gave every resident a gift pack.

“I am proud to have been involved in this outreach. It is incredible to see how willing Lowvelders are to give to those less fortunate than them. We were also very happy to see that all donations are recorded in a donation register and the donors sign off on the report. That gives peace of mind, knowing that the donations are applied properly,” Hennie says.

He says offers of more donations are still streaming in, so the group will be going back to Silverdays soon. They have also identified the need for some painting, tiling and general maintenance, and this will be tended to with the next visit.

“We want to invite all Lowvelders to join us in this labour of love. If you want to contribute and join us on our next visit, please get in contact with us on info@lmsi.co.za,” he says.

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