LeadSA Heroes

Travelling the country to remind us to read, on a bicycle!

Imagine becoming an alcoholic at the age of 10, because of the environment in which you are growing up.

Imagine having the inner strength at that young age to escape those pressures by choosing to walk almost 7kms to the nearest public library to read.

Then, when you grow up, imagine you start to cycle throughout the country to spread messages of reading and hope to people...

This is a true story. That of Lindsay van der Byl, Founder of Cycle4Change...

Coming from a township background... it was very easy to get hold of things that are illegal.

Lindsay van der Byl, founder of Cycle4Change

Even me being able to speak to you in English today is because of reading. I had to teach myself to read.

Lindsay van der Byl, founder of Cycle4Change

I started reading and developed a love for reading... and became very inquisitive... That is where for me, I realised reading can really change your life.

Lindsay van der Byl, Founder of Cycle4Change

A lot of the problems we have is because of information.

Lindsay van der Byl, Founder of Cycle4Change

Last year, at the age of 30, Lindsay set off on his first trip between Pretoria and Cape Town, solo. It was a trip that saw him almost lose two fingers to frost bite, get robbed, and witness the very best and the very worst of our South African landscape.

This year, he's doing it all over again from 25 September until 8 October.

You can support the cause by collecting books to hand over at the end of the cycle; the books will be handed over to an identified community.

This is the story of our Lead SA Hero for July, Lindsay van der Byl. Click below to hear him talking to Xolani Gwala...

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