The Scattered Links hosted its 10th annual Winter Run sleep over. It was a very cold and rainy 300 km run on Saturday but all arrived safely. 90 Bikers. Disaster struck early Saturday evening during prize giving, when it started to snow. It snowed right through the night and the whole of Sunday. Obviously those still at the rally could not leave on Sunday morning due to the snow and 10cm thick ice. They then became trapped as even 4x4 vehicles could not reach them. On Monday, the snow continued. Two bikers where sent to hospital for treatment due to the need of chronic medicine and the cold. The bikers where trapped over three days and the expenses mounted. The bikers where forced to use their petrol money to pay for accommodation and warm clothing. The electricity went down and the temperature dropped to -3 degrees. The spirit /moral of the bikers remained good but most started stressing about their work situations and loss of income. An appeal was sent.
Now a heartfelt “thank you” is sent out to those who contributed. A breakdown of donations will follow as the they came from far and wide. Donations came from Joburg, Eastern Transvaal, North Coast (Natal), Garden Route, Karoo, Boland, Swartland, Northern Cape, West Coast, etc..
Scattered Links commented “All help from everywhere except our "Government". Again we just realized that we, as Biker family must stand on our own feet. A single phone call from "Governent" would have been quite pleasant, but hey, aside.”
The help that was offered was not only bikers and bike clubs, but also Western Cape 4x4 Club came with bulldozer. They came to fetch us was the cry. They were free! "chopper lifts" presented by bikers with "contacts" was part of the day. As bikers, do not leave their "women" behind they arrived in the icy wind and rain on their bikes. All the "Winter Runners" came to their homes and families safe. Slightly more than half took the risk to leave Tuesday 12:00.
The 67 bikers had large unexpected expenses and the expense accrued mounted to R5000 per day per biker. Keep in mind that this was an overnight run. In such hopeless circumstances, it was simply a matter of cooperation, team building, leadership, courage, faith, fellowship, openness and honesty. False promises are not acceptable under such circumstance. It is wonderful that in such circumstance they could accept life, stay positive and persevere. Ties between bikers and clubs where formed