HELP – My Lunatic Has Escaped!!!

HELP – My lunatic has escaped!

I do believe that each of us has a lunatic buried within – that driving force that pushes us to do things that are out of the ordinary, push our boundaries, take on a cause or simply advance ourselves out of our comfort zones.

Well, my lunatic has escaped, and as such, I am about to embark on an epic cycle trip with my cycling partner –  Neale Penman – where we will be cycling unassisted from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, approximately 1,000 km, and hopefully raising funds for a number of charities.

In case you are not impressed by the previous statement, let me elaborate. Two middle aged lunatics will be taking their bicycles apart, shipping them to and reassembling them in Port Elizabeth. We then cycle to Cape Town and have to take the bikes apart again to ship them home.

We do not have a backup vehicle.

We do not have any technical support.

We do not have a medical support team, we don’t even have a medical support person.

We have to carry EVERYTHING that we may need for the full trip, and we carry it all on our bikes. We will be leaving early (as soon as there is sufficient light for us to see) in the cold and possibly wet winter weather to cycle approximately 100km per day over some very mountainous and often tar less roads and dirt tracks. We will cycle for between five (very optimistic) and eight hours a day (think about how sore our butts will be), then prepare to do the same thing the next day – for ten days. Surely this act of insanity, a lot of it done while you are dressed warm and working indoors in a air conditioned, warm office, deserves some funds to be channeled to our causes!

Information on and links to the various causes can be found on this SignForce blog

If all goes according to plan and technology cooperates (last time it was so cold the technology froze and died), our progress can be monitored on facebook ( and ( and / or Twitter ( or @ArnPollak) and ( or @SignForceSA). I hope to chronicle the trip with photo’s and occasional brief comments in order to help raise funds for the causes we are supporting.

  1. The KidneyBeanz Trust – a charity that supports children on dialysis.
  1. Out of the Box Skills Development Centre – who provide skills, hope and opportunity to disadvantaged, unskilled and uneducated South Africans enabling them to find sustainable income generating opportunities.   Profile – Out of the Box
  1. Hospice – a non-profit which eases the burden on the family and take care of the terminally ill.

If you want to support one specific cause, donations can be made directly to the cause:

Payments can be made to me to distribute evenly or you can nominate if you want all your donated funds to go to a specific cause, or you can donate directly to the cause.

For funds to be donated for me to distribute they should please be paid to:

Standard Bank:

Branch: Norwood

Branch Code: 004-105

Account Number: 20-165-433-4

Account Name: P & L

Reference: Donate (followed by the charity if you want to support a specific cause)

Please also email me on with the subject: 18A to advise if you require a 18A tax certificate, and the details that should appear on the certificate.

The KidneyBeanz Trust take payment via givengain – click on the Kidney Beanz Trust (on the left of the screen) and then on DONATE NOW on the right of the screen.

Direct donations can be made to:

Out Of The Box Skills Development Centre

 Out of the Box Education Account

Standard Bank, Melville. Branch 006105,

Account No – 20-794-006-1

Swift Code SBZA ZA JJ.

Iban Number (0860 469 273) 0061052(92)07940061

Hospice Donations information to be added asap:

Thanking you in advance for your support.

Arnold N. Pollak