It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Children in the Wilderness Chairman, Russel Friedman, on 4 February 2018. Fondly known as “Papa Smurf”, Russel was the driver of the Tour de Wilderness mountain bike events, raising funds for Children in the Wilderness and the Wilderness Trust and making an incredible contribution to the empowerment of Africa’s people and the protection of its wilderness areas.
Mountain biking was always one of Russel’s great passions and nothing excited him more than taking part each year on the Nedbank Tour de Tuli. He will be enormously missed by everyone who he mentored and guided along the way and his entire Tour family. His love of life, passion for conservation and his immense integrity will be missed by all who knew him.
Russel, in the words of Jacques Marais, “may the single-track flow forever where you are riding now. We salute you.”