Monday, March 11, 2013


We are happy to announce that the work done by Matla A Bana is not going unnoticed! On Saturday, COO Monique Strydom, won the Lions International District 410A (Western & Northern Cape and Namibia) the Hero of the Year Award. She was chosen from 10 nominees and was recognized  for founding Matla A Bana and her continued dedication to this charity.

In her speech Monique stated that not only the nominees, but also each and every Lions volunteer are heroes because they have chosen to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Monique also thanked all the MAB volunteers, the officers of the law, the doctors, Lizel Van Eeden (project manager Gauteng), her family and God (for giving her a second chance)

Xtremeforkids and the Argus

The Xtremeforkids cyclists arrived in Durbanville after an easy ride from Wolseley. This group faced many challenges, met many great people, reached more than 8000 children and cycled more than 1800 kms for Matla A Bana. They were supported by SAPS all the way down - either with escorts, joining them at schools and evening cycling with them. They were welcomed in Cape Town by General Jephta who received a letter of commitment on behalf of the WC Provincial Commissioner.
A day later they joined the MAB Argus team and 16 cyclists cycled on behalf of MAB. We would like to congratulated Andre and Casper for making the top 10 in the tandem division and Andries who coming second in the hand cycle division. We would also like to thank all our cyclists and sponsor for your dedication. A special word of thank you to Karli who was the project manager on the ground with the team.

See all the photos and read more on the tour on


We would like to thank Radio Tygerberg for covering the Xtremeforkids Cycle tour so extensively. They did  live cross overs during the last three days and also interviewed Monique at the welcoming point!


Monique Strydom was interviewed by CII Radio station (with an international broadcast) on her ordeal as a hostage and how she used that experience to set up Matla A Bana. She also shared tips with parents on child abuse and the signs and symptoms of abuse.