Being part of the volunteer team on the Nedbank Tour de Tuli is certainly an honour and privilege. I enjoy coming back each year, as the Tour gives me the opportunity to be part of a network of people who are dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives – not only for the riders, who get to experience amazing routes and scenery and come back to camp after a day’s cycling in awe of the day’s route and what they experienced, but the beneficiaries of the Tour who get to experience being part of ‘CITW’ – Children in the Wilderness. The impact of the programme and how it will change their young lives forever will surely shape their futures and possibly their chosen career path.
As a volunteer, the Tour has given me the opportunity to meet amazing people (who are now my ‘tour family’), as well as create lifelong friendships. The Tour teaches you resilience, patience, and a lot of laughter, the opportunity to traverse areas seldom seen or explored by travellers, the beauty of nature, and what she decides to share with us.
Through discussions with conservationists, photographers, cyclists and their leaders, camp staff, and fellow volunteers, the Tour has allowed me to grow and develop as a person. I have learnt so much from people from all walks of life while on tour – their dedication to educate, develop minds, ensure sustainable tourism, hospitality, growth… and let me not forget the adventurous souls with their amazing stories who can leave you quite envious of their travels and adventures!
By Lindy Nieuwenhuizen