Sonop Christelike Tehuis, a leading male residence at the
University of Pretoria presents Drommedaris VIII. Drommedaris is a longstanding
tradition that is held every second year in aid of those in need. This cycle
tour stretches from Pretoria to Oudtshoorn – an astonishing 1 380km in 10 days.
The group of approximately 80 students will be stopping at more than 21 towns,
including the KKNK and Noupoort’s Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre on our
way. Drommedaris is an endurance tour where the students will also have the
opportunity to rely on each other and establish lifelong bonds and skills.
Interesting facts about Drommedaris:
- The students who participate int his TUKS RAG project have
to pay for it out of their own pockets.
- The Sonop mechanical engineering students designed the
Drommedaris bicycle themselves.
- The participants are not professional athletes; they are
ordinary students who, on average, cycle no more than 5km per day.
- The Drommedaris tours have been taking place since 1966.
More recent tours have taken place during 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.
The aim of Drommedaris this year is to raise funds for the
South African Federation for Mental Health, Eljada and Sonop Christelike
Tehuis. Equally important, however, is the fact that the students wish to raise
awareness around mental health issues such as the state of psychiatric
hospitals in South Africa. One of the Sonop residents was admitted to
Weskoppies in his first year. He has recovered and now believes that people
have a distorted idea about mental illness. Therefore, the aim is to lead an
awareness campaign for mental health.
Day 1 – 21 March 2013 – Pretoria – Heidelberg
Day 2 – 22 March 2013 – Heidelberg – Parys
Day 3 – 23 March 2013 – Parys – Bothaville
Day 4 – 24 March 2013 – Bothaville – Bultfontein
Day 5 – 25 March 2013 – Bultfontein – Bloemfontein
Day 6 – 26 March 2013 – Bloemfontein – Trompsburg
Day 7 – 27 March 2013 – Trompsburg – Noupoort
Day 8 – 28 March 2013 – Noupoort – Graaf Reinet
Day 9 – 29 March 2013 – Graaf Reinet – Willowmore
Day 10 – 30 March 2013 – Willowmore – Oudtshoorn
Day 11 – 31 March 2013 – KKNK
Day 12 – 01 April 2013 – Back to Sonop, Pretoria
The South African Federation, together with Sonop
Christelike Tehuis, asks the public to support this awareness campaign
initiated and organised by the students.
For more info, contact Jédri van der Westhuizen on 079 898