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Seven cities, 6000km across SA, dedicated to young cancer fighters

  • Seven days, seven cities, for Sedona
  • Toys and gifts for young cancer fighters
  • 6000km Kia drive to focus on sick youngsters

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Seven7 Drive, a marathon drive to support children with cancer, is off on the road again. A team of journalists and adventurers has left Pretoria (May 30 2019) for a seven-day, 6000km, circular marathon in Kia vehicles.

The automaker has supported the mission since the first in 2015 created by Leisure Wheels magazine and various motoring journalists; this year the vehicle of choice is a Kia Grand Sedona.

The drive will also visit a number of Kia dealers – each of which will have collected toys and gifts to be distributed at each stop.

The first tour came about when a youngster close to the Leisure Wheels team succumbed to cancer.


The idea was to drive through seven countries in seven days, visiting hospitals along on a 7000km route with 12 hours a day at the wheel.

Danie Botha, with Leisure Wheels, told The Corner in a media release: “We had no idea if it was possible but we loaded some gifts and supplies into a Kia Sorento and off we went. We made it…

”We did it again In 2016, that time in a Kia Sportage. And then again, but in a Kia Soul – then we realised we needed more local awareness about the drive – after all, we’re doing this for the kids and to raise awareness of the organisation we support, Cupcakes of Hope.


The 2019 drive startred from Kia Motors Centurion, heading north to Polokwane. Other stops will be in Upington, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, George, Bethlehem and Nelspruit before returning to Pretoria with a visit to the paediatric oncology department at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

Christo Valentyn, Kia SA’s marketing and communications manager, said: “We’re delighted to support the drive for a fourth consecutive year and remain inspired by the passion of the drive’s organisers and the fighting spirit of the kids we meet on the way.”

The drive is also supported by Tracker, AirBnb and Wrap Vehicles. All funds raised will go to the Cupcakes of Hope organisation (

You can follow the drive here.

  • For readers keen to know more about the luxury Kia Sedona, it has a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, turbodiesel engine capable of 147kW/440Nm and is fit for a cross-country endurance drive.

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