5 May Cape Town

It is quite pos­si­ble to write a whole book about our time in Cape Town and still leave impor­tant bits and pieces out.

Angus Brits and Der­rick Geary from the MOTHs were our com­pan­ions through the beau­ti­ful Mother
City (with its one and only moun­tain) and on to Bar­ry­dale. We miss them
ter­ri­bly already. Lots of good solid laughs and a few deeper
dis­cus­sion, they enriched all our lives and were a bril­liant sup­port
team. Angus was lead­ing at a com­fort­able pace with great aware­ness of
the rid­ers behind him and Der­rick always made sure that the very last
rider as well as our sup­port vehi­cle is guided where we need to go.

Dave’s day started with a visit to the Eric Miles Cheshire Home where
he spent a lit­tle time chat­ting to and inspir­ing the res­i­dents. There
are many touch­ing sto­ries in this visit, includ­ing a res­i­dent who
qui­etly, in the back away from every­one, gave Dave some money towards
the tour and thank­ing him for what he is doing.

From there we
all headed off to the The Viper Lounge, Table View. Dieter, owner of
the Viper Lounge, was gen­er­ous with his sup­port and time. Ari Serlis,
Anthony and a few oth­ers from QASA met us there and I noticed that Ari
wrote the fol­low­ing in a let­ter to oth­ers a lit­tle later “QASA is a
ben­e­fi­ciary of the fundrais­ing of this activ­ity, although the aware­ness
and moti­va­tion of the abil­i­ties of a dou­ble amputee on a motor­bike is of
more sig­nif­i­cant than the fund­ing that might be raised”

What a bril­liantly sup­port­ive atti­tude to have, see­ing the value in every­thing, not just money.

At Retro Pres­tige Motor­cy­cles, Paar­den Eiland (https://​www​.face​book​.com/​R​e​t​r​o​.​P​r​e​s​t​i​g​e​.​M​o​t​o​r​c​y​c​l​e​s
) we made a few new friends and also enjoyed brows­ing Fly­ing Brick next
door. They have a few copies of Dave Barr’s Books if you would like to
get hold of it in Cape Town

The high­light of the day was surely Tommy Ren­dle VC MOTH Shell­hole. Some planned reunions and many more unplanned ones.


Daphne, the nurse who looked after Dave’s ward in 1Mil met him again
for the first time since then, as did Anton van Rooyen, who was in the
bed next to Dave when they both lost both their legs.

Den­nis
Croukamp, who’s books are must-​reads came to sup­port Dave and the event.
He and Dave have a lot of sky­dive his­tory and just the way he recounts
some of their adven­tures gets the adren­a­lin pump­ing.

Andre who
fit­ted the machine gun on Dave’s cruiser in Angola met up again after
over 30 years, and I’m pretty sure there were even more, judg­ing by the
num­ber of hand shakes, hugs, laughs and long dis­cus­sions.


About these very spe­cial moments I could write much more than what
any­one could care to read. It was a huge priv­i­lege to be here and part
of it in some small way

Ben­e­fi­cia­ries

Cheshire Home South Africa

After more than forty eight years of ser­vice to Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties in South Africa, Cheshire Homes has accu­mu­lated a sub­stan­tial range of resources and ser­vicede­liv­ery pro­grammes, which are care­fully man­aged, in line with a ded­i­cated visio­n­and mis­sion refined in con­sul­ta­tion with Per­sons with Disabilities

Quad Para Asso­ci­a­tion of South Africa

QASA is a co-​ordinating, policy-​making, gov­ern­ing and­sup­port­ing organ­i­sa­tion.
The Asso­ci­a­tion strives to pre­vent spinal cord injury, as well as pro­tect and pro­mote the inter­ests of peo­ple with mobil­ity impair­ments by for­mu­lat­ing a national pol­icy and strat­egy, to develop and ensure the full poten­tial and qual­ity of their lives.

Main Spon­sors

Hoog­land Health Hydro

Hoogland Health Hydro

Hoog­land Health Hydro is a fam­ily owned busi­ness, spe­cial­is­ing in improv­ing phys­i­cal well­be­ing since 1977. Hoog­land prides itself in treat­ing guests as unique indi­vid­u­als and sup­port­ing and improv­ing the body’s own heal­ing abil­i­ties in a com­fort­able, nat­ural envi­ron­ment. Their team of med­ical and well­be­ing pro­fes­sion­als are highly expe­ri­enced and all cel­e­brate the tenac­ity of the human spirit. Few peo­ple embody spirit and tenac­ity as much as Dave Barr.