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By Katlego Moeng | Jul 14, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Twenty-one celebrities, business people and ordinary biking enthusiasts converged at the Nelson Mandela Foundation to lend a hand to a worthy cause yesterday.

The event could have been mistaken for a bikers convention.

Over the next six days, the Bikers for Mandela Day, will make their way to Cape Town. Along the way they will perform small acts of kindness - from serving in soup kitchens, counselling young people, Aids awareness, painting and fencing schools and handing out gifts.

Morgan Freeman, the last man to play the iconic Nelson Mandela, was there too. He will not ride, but drive to the Mother City in support of this worthy cause.

Their aim is to be there on July 18, Mandela Day. Madiba turns 92 on that day.

The riders include Jack Devnarain who plays Rajesh Kumar in SABC3's Isidingo; Jeremy Mansfield, former Highveld DJ; businessman Paul Mnisi, formerly Rudeboy Paul; and Sean Shipalana, the owner of Gold Rand Harley, the first black owned Harley Davidson dealership in SA.

Speaking to Sowetan from Khuma township, outside Klerksdorp in North West, around 3pm, Mnisi said the bikers had just handed out blankets to children and the elderly.

Mansfield said: "I feel passionate about anything that can make a difference in communities."

Shipalana said: "Go out and give to someone less fortunate. There is no right or wrong way for Mandela Day, just play a role to make South Africa better."

"I am happy to be here to take part in Mandela Day in South Africa," Freeman said.

Devnarain said: "We are all inspired and our task is to inspire each other."


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