April 2013

South African Family Biking Across Africa to Support EGPAF’s Fight for Mothers and Babies


Contact: Racine Tucker-Hamilton, 202-448-8456, rtuckerhamilton@pedaids.org
Jane Coaston, 202-280-1648, jcoaston@pedaids.org

Washington, D.C. – The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is proud to support South Africa native Thandi Hall and her family as they embark on a cross-continental bicycle journey to raise $100,000 for EGPAF. Titled “From Pemba to Paris by Bicycle,” the nine-month trip will take Thandi and her family from Pemba, Mozambique to Paris, France.

“Of all the causes that I’ve come across (to support),” she says, “The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation stood head and shoulders above all of them.”

Thandi spent 15 years working in the pharmaceutical industry, and has led outreach programs for prominent South African celebrities at hospitals to support awareness days focused on diabetes, international health, and breast cancer. But she wanted to do something “significant,” and decided that supporting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation would be the perfect option.

She says that she wants to use the trip as an opportunity to bring increased awareness to the needs of children and mothers living with HIV in South Africa and share best practices with others along the way.

Thandi and her husband Graeme are experienced athletes. Both were members of the South African Triathlon and Duathlon Team, and Thandi won the World Long Distance Duathlon Championships in Switzerland in 1997. The couple and their ten-year-old son, Leonardo, will be traveling through Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Dijibouti, and Egypt, visiting several EGPAF clinic sites along the way.

To learn more about Thandi and her family, visit their Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pemba2paris


About the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation:
EGPAF is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS, and has reached more than 15 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies. It currently works at more than 5,400 sites and in 15 countries to implement prevention, care, and treatment services; to further advance innovative research; and to execute global advocacy activities that bring dramatic change to the lives of millions of women, children, and families worldwide. For more information, visit www.pedaids.org.