Naked and not afraid: ‘Anti-pants’ bikers raise funds for wildlife

Posted on 28 January 2022

The ‘Anti-Pants, Anti-Poaching’ bike ride was started five years ago by lady rider Skinny van Schalkwyk and friends as a fun way to raise funds to help fight wildlife poaching.

From humble beginnings, the event has grown over the years and 2022 saw more than 200 pantless riders hit the streets of Pretoria.

The concept of the ride goes that R100 is charged per participant, which includes breakfast and a donation to an anti-poaching charity. No pants allowed. Inappropriate? Onlookers won’t see anything they wouldn’t see on a beach, and the bikers say it’s a fun way of drawing attention to their cause.

The riders then meet at the Union Buildings in Pretoria where they remove their pants before hitting the streets of Pretoria.

The 2022 funds were raised for the Two Oceans Aquarium which rehabilitates sea turtles so they can once again roam the open ocean.

This year’s ride from the Union Buildings saw bikers stretch more than kilometres towards Emerentia Cafe in Pretoria for breakfast, before venturing off to Mulligans Pub near Hartebeespoort for drinks, making the whole event a fun occasion for all those involved.

Hannelie van Schalkwyk shared some her photos from the ride with us, have a look.

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Donovan Fourie

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