Cyclist aims to raise R160k to raise awareness about depression

The goal of Bongani Chinkanda's cycling adventure is to raise money for those suffering from depression. 

Bongani Chinkanda
Bongani Chinkanda/ Supplied

When life throws you lemons, make lemonade. That is exactly what Bongani Chinkanda did. 

After suffering with depression and anxiety for years, the cyclist is now channeling his energy into raising awareness against the silent killer. 

The 42-year-old Johannesburg-based media entrepreneur will be embarking on a cycling journey for 160km in order to raise R160,000 He is doing this through a cycling Back A Buddy campaign he has initiated. He plans to cycle on a gravel road from Hartbeespoort to Sun City in May this year.

"I thought why not cycle for R1,000 per km, hence R160k in total," he said. 

"I am hoping the campaign will raise awareness around depression & anxiety especially for professional black males,” he said. 

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He has encouraged all those who are able to donate to do so without worrying about how small or large the donation is.

“People want to make a difference but don’t know how and they feel their small donation does not matter. 160in160 will take all these amounts and make it into one big donation of R160 000 and those involved will feel they would have made a big difference," he said. 

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