The Great Fruit Adventure is the brainchild of Max MacGillivray, who has worked in the food industry for many years.
Recent studies have shown that six out of ten UK children have no idea where their fresh food comes from, and with several million deaths attributed to inadequate consumption of fruit and vegetables every year, this project aims to bridge the gap between the food on our tables and the places it comes from, teaching kids and their families about the importance of great fresh food.
This November Max, along with his riding partner and dairy owner Gareth Jones, will start their ride from London to Cape Town, visiting a huge range of food producers and growers on the way.
Their route will take them through the citrus producing areas of Spain and into North West Africa, following the coast before skirting across the top of the volatile region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. From there they will head into Ethiopia and down the East Coast into Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, eventually arriving in South Africa at the end of February 2017.
Once they arrive back in the UK, both Max and Gareth will be visiting schools and colleges to tell their story and spread the word about the epic journey that everyday fruit and veg goes through to land on our dinner tables.
Gareth has already circumnavigated Southern Africa on a 1951 Harley-Davidson, but before this trip both riders have sought the expert advice of official Continental partner GlobeBusters, and have now confirmed that they will both be riding Triumph Tiger 800 XCA motorcycles shod with either TKC 70 or TKC 80 tyres, depending on conditions.
The trip already has the support of a number of key organisations including Fairtrade UK to help them achieve their aims, but you can also give them a helping hand by following them on Facebook or visiting their website at www.thegreatfruitadventure.com to find out more and spread the word.
We’d like to wish them both the very best of luck on their adventure, and look forward to seeing updates when they are on the road!