South African Cyclist Covers Over 8,000 km For Autism

A South African cyclist has arrived in Istanbul from London to raise global awareness of autism, after covering 8,800 kilometers by bike.

56 year-old Grant Cameron-Smith is known on social media as "CrazyBikeGuy". He began his challenging journey on March 13, peddling towards Turkey to draw attention to the plight of adults and children suffering from the complex neurobehavioral condition known as autism.

He said his journey aims to help integrate autistic people into society, as well as to raise funds for an autism charity in South Africa.

Cameron-Smith, a business consultant and an official at the autism charity, said that during his journey, people all around the Europe invited him into their homes, despite him being a stranger. He said people who had very little for themselves opened their purse strings to donate to his charity.

As for Turkish people, he called them the friendliest of all the people he met during his 70-day journey. He said, “I've met more people who waved, honked, stopped, and talked to me over the last two days than maybe the whole rest of the trip combined."

Telling how none of his family members has autism, Cameron-Smith said he cycles for those people affected by the condition, as he feels society is not looking after them well.

Last Updated: 17.7.2019 09:57:10

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