Tucker Green is an eight year old who lives in Queensland. One set of grandparents is of Zimbabwean origin and his extra, honorary grandfather, “Grandpa Gordy”, also Zimbabwean, is a good friend of Eric De Jong.
The family has been following Eric’s amazing Old Legs Tour cycle rides and, soon, kayaking exploits, to raise awareness of the plight of the elderly in Zimbabwe who have lost their life savings and pensions through the many years of economic disaster there. In Australia Eric has partnered with ZANE to enable donors to support the elderly with direct donations locally.
Tucker was inspired by his family to join the Old Legs Down Under Tour along Munda Biddi Trail. This had been arranged by a group of ex-Zimbabweans, led by Peter Brodie, in order to support the Old Legs Silverback Tour to Uganda in 2021. Sadly, covid intervened and the Green family could not travel to Western Australia to participate.
Undeterred, Tucker decided that he would undertake a ride of 1000km anyway and would do so over the weekends leading up to his 8th birthday.
Showing amazing grit and tenacity, Tucker completed the ride and raised a substantial sum of money which was sent through ZANE and used to support some of the most vulnerable beneficiaries in Zimbabwe.
In recognition of his achievement, Eric sent Tucker a Silverback Tour jacket which he is proud to wear as can be seen from the photograph below.
The various Green family members have continued to support ZANE and the Old Legs Tours very generously and we would like to thank them all and particularly Tucker, who has made such a significant effort and wonderful contribution.
It is truly inspiring for all of us who work through ZANE to bring help to the forgotten old folk of Zimbabwe to see such dedication and commitment on the part of our caring body of donors in Australia – without you the work in Zimbabwe would not be possible.
* Names and images may have been changed for privacy reasons
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Thank you – Nicky Passaportis ZANE Australia
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