Written by Nick Galpine
Photographs provided by Blessing Danha
What do you do when personal tragedy strikes and everything you thought was certain in life, suddenly seems much less so? How do you rebuild and learn to make the most of every moment?
If you’re Blessing Danha, an infrastructure consultant from Camden, you get yourself back on your feet by giving others a helping hand. A keen cyclist and triathlete, Blessing recently rode along part of the Great Wall of China to raise funds for a UK children’s charity.
This made her realise that she could combine her passion for cycling (she’s a member of the all-women Live Giant Camden club in north London) with her desire to help others. Given that she had deep roots in Zimbabwe, she wanted to find a way to give back to the continent of her birth.
A serendipitous moment on Instagram led to Blessing discovering the Nedbank Tour de Tuli – an event that couldn’t be more closely aligned with her own passions: cycling and making a difference.
Just a few short months later, Blessing found herself pushing her new mountain bike through the sands of the Limpopo riverbed and being stamped back into Zimbabwe. By following her dream and raising funds for CITW, she was helping children in Zimbabwe – and beyond – realise their own goals and ambitions.