The Team

CHALLENGER: Thabang Skwambane
Thabang Skwambane (31) is the youngest of 4 children, and he’s always done crazy things to achieve status and recognition amongst his successful siblings.  Now he’s committed to another crazy challenge… to cycle alone and unsupported to Mount Kilimanjaro, and then climb the mountain! It isn't just about recognition, it’s about having a purpose in life. Upon finding that purpose life becomes more fulfilling (though sometimes it gets harder) but, as both his mother and his fairy-godmother would say, "That’s when miracles start to happen!". thabang.jpg
"The world has found itself faced with many social, environmental and other challenges and it is the people in it who can make changes for the better. So if it’s fighting HIV/AIDS, Global Warming or our Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) problems, we all have a role to play in making our environment better. If we don't, what reason do we have to be a part of this society? But ‘doing something’ doesn't mean we all have to get on a bike to raise money - we can volunteer our time and skills, donate and participate in movements of change" says Thabang.
"If you want to complain about anything, you need to have tried to do something about it before you complain. Until you offer credibility to your arguments or complaints you are just hot air ", Thabang continues.
Thabang, who regards himself as greatly privileged in the South African context, feels compelled to make a difference in the lives of those unable to help themselves, and to offer them a chance in life or at least show that there is hope in this world for all of us.
As Thabang sets off alone on "The Lonely Road Challenge" we can only hope that people are moved by his actions and offer support by making a donation to "The Lonely Road Foundation".

I believe in the power of imagination. Maybe that’s why I spend most of my time in the clouds and secretly is the reason I’m in the entertainment industry. After giving a LLB a serious go, I changed degrees and studied drama and film. If there is one thing that I know to be true, it’s that art is how we explain the world to ourselves, and the older I get the more numb society seems to become. Indifference is a poison and there is so much that needs explaining.  grace.jpg
I am angered by wasted potential, greed and corruption. I’m tired of rising HIV statistics and feeling hopeless in the face of devastation and poverty. I hate the crime in the city that I love, and there is nothing in the world that is more unnatural to me than the concept of children raising children. I am hugely grateful to Thabang for sharing his vision with me, inciting, inspiring and committing to support those that cannot support themselves, and I thank The Lonely Road Foundation for affording me this wonderful opportunity to stop talking, start doing and be a part of something that’s bigger than me.

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