The AntiPant-AntiPoaching ride was started five years ago by famous lady rider Skinny Van Schalkwyk and friends as a fun way to raise funds to help fight poaching. The first event was good fun but with only six people in attendance. The following year was up to 40 riders and from there momentum grew – the next year had 80 bikes, then 120 and this year saw more than 200 pants-less riders lining the streets of Pretoria.
The principle of AntiPants-AntiPoaching is simple – everyone arrives at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, trousers are removed and placed in the back-up vehicle, and the ride begins with underpants on show. R100 is charged per participant that includes breakfast and a donation to the anti-poaching charity. The 2022 funds went to the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town that rehabilitates sea turtles and returns them to the ocean.
This year’s ride started by going from the Union Buildings to Emerentia Cafe in Pretoria for breakfast. The mass ride of pants-less people, stretching more than a kilometre, then ambled off towards Hartbeespoort where it eventually settled at Mulligans Pub near the dam for drinks, lunch and socialising.
The AntiPants-AntiPoaching Ride is another example of motorcycle riders finding jovial ways to raise money for good causes, and the ever-increasing numbers shows the good nature of said motorcyclists, both in helping a good cause and having a good time doing it.
AntiPants-AntiPoaching 2023 should be brilliant.