The Nuts & Bolts Rally was born in 2013, when a friend of my daughter lost the battle against cancer at the tender age of 18, two weeks before her Matric Farewell. This affected our whole community. It sensitised me to the incredible suffering of the individual, the family and greater community. I knew that I had to do something, something meaningful, something different, something to be more than a mere spectator. Evil only triumphs when good men, women and children do nothing.
The Nuts & Bolts Rally became a metaphor for the cancer journey: difficult, unpredictable, a challenge, not to be embarked upon as an individual, a will to achieve the unthinkable: to travel across some of South Africa’s most arduous gravel roads in a cheap old jalopy. It is for those people who know that life is extremely short and should be filled with adventure, laughter and tears. It is for those who are willing to reach out to complete strangers. It is for those who live for creating extraordinary memories with new found friends, new found honorary family members. It is therefore not simply a fund raiser.
Our cars are colourful, vibrant, weird and fun; a much needed to tool to convey our message. Our main aim is to raise awareness of this ‘rarely spoken about’ cancer. Testicular cancer often remains undetected in young adults due to a variety of reasons, including cultural taboos, stigmas and lack of knowledge.
I take my hat off to all the cancer survivors that enter and complete the rally. It is as if they beat cancer twice. I have learnt so much from these brave men. They embrace life and make the most of every moment, living as if there is no tomorrow.
But we didn’t stop there. We have taken it upon ourselves to help others as well. We started our own NPO, More Than Adventure, which ventures into other much needed areas as well.
- Up to date we raised R350 000 for Cancer (CHOC and Love Your Nuts)
- Equipment, money, and feed the equestrian areas for the Knysna Fire Relief. Value : R150 000
- Delivered 700 bags of feed to Williston farmers for Drought Relief. R120 000
- Delivered 35 tons of feed to Middelpos, 37 tons to Sutherland and 35 tons to Merweville. Private donations raised further funds for Boesmanland, Calvinia, and Sutherland where more farmers received feed for their animals.
- The donation of a hip replacement for someone needing urgent medical assistance. R30 000.
- By joining hands with the WAWWA Foundation, Nuts & Bolts has donated 11 school children, from the Tankwa, with school clothes, toileties and bedding as they have been accepted in the Ceres hostel.
- Handed out 17 food parcels to the elderly people of Merweville. A further 11 parcels to other needy families.
- Donated parcels and money to Huis Mervia. Donated industrial fans for Huis Mervia’s laundry room.
- Nuts And Bolts found their mascot “Nuts” Nuts was a stray dog that was rescued by Andre Stander, and is now spoiled rotten.