GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - A convoy of motorists and bikers from the Garden Route drove from George to Knysna on Saturday 3 October to raise their voices against farm murders and gender-based violence.
The event was organised by Debbie Else of the Stop Farm Murders Movement, an online movement that seeks to highlight the issue of farm murders in South Africa. They have held various campaigns around the country and Saturday's one was close to our home.
Organisers put out a call to all biker fraternities, solo riders, vehicles (particularly bakkies and any farm vehicles), fire relief and farm watch vehicles.
They asked that participants affix a cross of support to the participating vehicle and encouraged the use of flags, be it a South African flag or a white flag flown in solidarity with the movement.
Other campaign groups such as Garden Route Unite and #OurVoices who joined the day's initiative, focused on gender-based violence in South Africa.
And so, with the support of local residents and flags flying high from their vehicles, they set off from George at 09:00 on Saturday morning. The convoy made its way along the N2 through Wilderness and Sedgefield, arriving in Knysna just after 10:00, where they were met by residents who support the cause.
The procession ended in the parking lot of the SANParks offices on Thesen Island, where Else addressed the participants.
"Thank you to everyone who took part today. Whether you stood by the roadside and waved your support for us, or whether you took part in our convoy, we are very grateful, and we will continue to fight this fight."
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