Meet Dimitri, a recent U-turn graduate and Chris Dippenaar, U-turn’s Retail Operations Manager as they prepare to #cycleforpurpose from Plettenberg Bay to Stellenbosch in 8 days, 742 km and a 10 268m climb to share the U-turn message and raise R25,000 for the organisation.

Dimitri enjoys cycling and it is an honour for him to join the U-turn cycling adventure. He feels that through making a positive impact, he will be giving back to U-turn in return for everything they have done for him. 

For him it will be a new experience and he looks forward to the adventure.

His message to the public is: “No matter where you come from, no matter what you’ve done, there is hope. Don’t look down on yourself, U-turn will be able to help you.”

Dimitri feels proud that he was able to complete the U-turn P3 Work-readiness programme and finish something positive in his life and can now be a father to his daughter.

Chris says: “I am motivated by a good adventure which forces me to take time out. Spending long hours in a saddle gives me time to reflect and take stock of my life and appreciate God’s beauty around me.”  

His goal is to have fun, but at the same time #cycleforpurpose by raising funds and awareness around U-turn and the work we do. Chris believes that by inviting Dimitri to join him on the adventure it will be an amazing opportunity for him to experience something that he would never have thought possible just 2 years ago.

Their goal is to raise R25 000 and celebrate U-turn’s 25th birthday. With this adventure, Chris hopes to spread the message of hope that there is life after homelessness and that we can work together to find solutions to reduce homelessness.

To support Dimitri and Chris go to Homeless.org.za/cycling-challenge