Two brothers, one cycle challenge, raising funds for dreams

Nigel Payne and his brother Adrian Payne are taking part in the Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa, a non-stop 2150km ride, to raise funds for our children fighting life-threatening illnesses.

It takes a great deal of strength, courage and endurance to complete such a challenge, just in the same way as our dream children are fighting some of life’s toughest battles. This is a journey that will inspire more hope in the lives of our strong and resilient children. Donate today to change their lives. 
All donations will receive a section 18a certificate. 
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Follow the Payne brothers journey from the 20th of June 2023 on our social media platforms. 
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The Payne Brothers

Nigel Payne  lives in Sandton with his wife Debbie. They have a son Thomas and daughter Sasha. Nigel, a chartered accountant with a Masters in Business Leadership, is the Chairman of the boards of the Mr Price Group, Vukile Property Fund and Strate. He is Lead Independent Director of Bidcorp and AlexForbes, and a former director of Bidvest and the JSE. All of these companies are strongly committed to social good, including community development, education and job creation.


Adrian Payne  lives in Cowies Hill, Durban, with his wife Wendy. They have 3 daughters: Tracy, Michelle and Megan. Adrian is a medical specialist in private practice at Hillcrest Hospital. Having delivered thousands of babies over his career, he has a passion for childrens’ health and well-being.


Nigel and Adrian have been doing endurance sporting events for over 40 years, having both run the Comrades and Two Oceans marathons, paddled the Duzi and Fish River canoe marathons and done a number of multi-sport events.
The Payne Brothers have been a mountain biking team for over a decade, having done numerous Freedom Challenges, ABSA Cape Epic, Joburg2C, Tour de Tuli, Transkei Wildcoast and other events together.

What is the Freedom Challenge?

The Freedom Challenge is a series of events hosted annually along the Freedom Trail, which was established in 2003 with the aim of opening up a fully serviced mountain bike trail running across the interior of South Africa. The trail that exists today relies on the use of local accommodation and services thus allowing riders to ride between stops without having to carry all their own food, water and overnight gear. The Freedom Trail passes through many wilderness areas, nature reserves, public and private land, showcasing the diverse landscapes, fauna and flora along the way. It traverses some of the more isolated parts of South Africa and offers an insight into the lives of the people who live in these areas.