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Knights host annual bike run

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The event was attended by thousands of bikers who made their way to the Diamond City from across the country.

BIKERS HUB: Galeshewe residents were spoiled with stunts and burnouts in Hulana Street on Saturday afternoon.

“WE WANT to make Kimberley a bikers’ hub”. This was the message from the acting president of the Diamond Knights Bikers’ club.

The club presented its annual bikers’ event in Galeshewe in Kimberley at the weekend. The event was attended by thousands of bikers who made their way to the Diamond City from across the country.

Residents in Galeshewe were entertained by bike-stunts performed at the Galeshewe Stadium and in Hulana Street. According to Tebogo “Teekay” Kadinda they not only had bikers from across the country, but also from neighbouring African countries.

“We had more than a thousand bikers at the event while some were from as far as Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho. This is an indication that this event has grown over the years. We aim to make it even bigger and to turn Kimberley into a bikers’ hub,” Kadinda said.

He added that the annual event was not created to only show off biking skills, but also to demonstrate the “softer side of bikers”.

“We usually start the event by giving back to the community. We hosted two charity events on Friday before we started with the festivities.

“We handed over 45 pairs of school shoes and 20 bags to pupils at the Boichoko Primary School in Galeshewe on Friday. We also donated cleaning materials to the elderly people at the Gaasca Old Age home. We decided to give to the youth and the elderly as the one group are our future leaders and the other group can empower us with their wisdom,” Kadinda said.

He added that they also reached out to the elderly to break the myth that the elderly are forgotten.

“There is a perception that people want to get rid of their grandparents and parents when they take them to an old age home.

“We want to tell those who might feel abandoned that they are not forgotten and that there are people who still need them in their lives,” he said.

Kadinda added that bikers are not heartless.

“Bikers are often seen as ruthless and heartless. We care about our communities and the vulnerable. Bikers are normal people, we just love bikes and the noise,” Kadinda said.

“We want the people of Kimberley, and especially the residents in Galeshewe, to take ownership of this event.”

According to Kadinda they aim to partner with businesses and the government to take this annual event even further.”