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FOR THE LOVE OF THE PLANET: Local eco-activist cycles over 15 000km across 20 countries.

Kayden Kleinhans, a 27 year old from Cape Town, is the founder of the local NGO Global Wheeling Foundation. He set out on his epic solo bicycle journey on the 3rd October 2010 from the UK, cycled through Europe; hopped on a ferry from Spain to Morocco; crossed the Sahara Desert and travelled through the western bulge of Africa where he attended the World Social Forum in Senegal before being denied access into Nigeria. He then returned to Cape Town and continued his journey cycling up the east coast of South Africa, through Lesotho and Swaziland and into Mozambique. All in all, in 11 months he has cycled over 15 000 km across 20 countries, and this is only phase 1 of his journey.

And to what end you might ask? Well, to raise awareness about climate change; promote bicycle culture and challenge conventional modes of carbon rich transport; and plant a few thousand trees along the way, of course.

That one individual can do so much for the planet is truly an inspiration. Read more about Global Wheeling and Kayden’s many adventures from the Big Issue , and the Global Wheeling website.

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