Day 7 of the Magrietjie Ride.

In two days’ time the campaign for donations for the Magrietjies is over.

Today we received a donation from Bettina Grachtrupp, an ex-pupils’ exchange student. She is a German and took part in our programme some twenty years ago. Her donation took as well over R 40 000.00! Thank you so much Bettina!

On Sunday I will publish the full list of donations. I think we did pretty well seen against the background that Naboom is quite a small town.

List  of donations November 2013.

List of donations November 2013.

Wednesday early I woke up. Francois' bike was there but not his tent. Then I saw him sitting under a tree, a distance away. He was waiting for sunrise. Then I understood why he was at least half a day before anyone else at a KLR gathering. Die man het miere in sy broek!

Wednesday early I woke up. Francois’ bike was there but not his tent. Then I saw him sitting under a tree, a distance away. He was waiting for sunrise. Then I understood why he was at least half a day before anyone else at a KLR gathering. Die man het miere in sy broek!

we saw a big herd of zebra close to the Makgadigasi National Park.

We saw a big herd of zebra close to the Makgadigasi National Park. Photograph Francois.

Photograph Francois.

Photograph Francois.

It was a scorching hot day, and it realised again ...

It was a scorching hot day, and I realized again …

it is called the Kalahari DESERT!

why it is called the Kalahari DESERT!

Sweet bitter memories of the desert in Sudan. Photograph Francois.

Sweet bitter memories of the desert in Sudan. Photograph Francois.

The drought is cruel, merciless.

The drought is cruel, merciless.

Earlier times, a decade ago, one had to use a hand oump to fill your vehicle with fuel. At western entrance to Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Photograph Francois.

Earlier times, a decade ago, one had to use a hand pump to fill your vehicle with fuel. At the eastern entrance to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Photograph Francois.

In all the years I visited Botswana I ver saam the Botetse River with any water.

In all the years I visited Botswana I’ve never seen the Botetse River with any water.

The previous summer it rained well in Botswana. Photograph Francois.

The previous summer it rained well in Botswana. Photograph Francois.

Warm water, but at least water. Photograph Francois.

Warm water, but at least water. Photograph Francois.

Near Lethlekane. We used every bit of shade we could find to have our small self-made lunch there.

Near Lethlekane. We used every bit of shade we could find to have our small self-made lunch there.

Serowe. Our tents are ready to face the upcoming rains the night.

Serowe. Our tents are ready to face the upcoming rains the night.

If you know one of the "newest" words in Afrikaans then you will know what a "selfie" is. Francois took this selfie of himself.

If you know one of the “newest” words in Afrikaans then you will know what a “selfie” is. Francois took this selfie of himself.

I just love this photograph!! It is on Francois' bike, in two different colours. If you are not a biker and do not know what it stands for, ask a biker.

I just love this photograph!! It is on Francois’ bike, in two different colors. If you are not a biker and do not know what it stands for, ask a biker.

Thank you so much for the support from so many people. The Magrietjies deserve all support that they can get. Cancer does not ask questions. it just destroys.

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