As part of his desire to continue making a difference Butch Webster contacted his long-time friend Graham Wilson and initiated the idea that they cycle from Durban to Cape Town as part of their 70th birthday celebrations, and more importantly to raise funds for three charities – United Through Sport, African Wildlife and Relief Bed.
The idea of cycling as part of their birthday celebration came into Webster’s mind last year in November when he was in Florida, USA, and he immediately shared it with Wilson, with whom he shares a birthday. They are both presently 69 and about to turn 70.
“A year ago I contacted him [Wilson] and I said can we do a ride as part of our birthday celebration because we are both 69 and he agreed. So we started training in February,” he said.
Speaking fondly of his friend, Webster said: “My faithful friend is called Machine Willy”.
Even though they started training for this particular journey in February, Webster said he has been cycling for 20 years and his friend has been riding for years as well.
The duo trained separately, Webster in America while Wilson was training in South Africa. On November 16 Webster landed on South African soil for this particular cycling trip.
Webster said the point of departure was Durban, which they left on November 18. They are due to arrive in Cape Town on December 19.
The duo has been friends for many years and sports appeared to be in their blood. Talking about the background of their friendship, Webster said: “We met in football. I was playing for Bidvest Wits and he was the owner of Maritzburg United. The then coach of his club, Clive Barker wanted me to his squad, so he bought me.”
He added that they had been friends for 40 years.
The duo are seconded by Wayne Bagley, who drives a bakkie behind them. Bagley’s essential role in this journey was demonstrated by Webster’s fond words.
“He is our life saver,” Webster said. Bagley ensures the safety of the cyclists on the way in this difficult period where reckless driving seems to be the norm.
Webster lives with three principles for life.
“For me, it’s all about three the three Ds: determination, dedication and discipline. These words have always been the guiding principles in my life and have allowed me to make my dreams come true,” he said.
The charitable cause of the duo is sponsored by Hollywood Bets.net.