A longest journey to 2010 Football World Cup on a Pedal-Car

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José Geraldo de Souza Castro, "Pedal Joe" of Brazil had a dream come true in Johannesburg after two years of pedaling across Europe and Africa on a mission to help the needy.

The purpose of the trip was to call the attention of the international community about two of the biggest problems that affect children's vision around the world (mainly in the poor countries), Cataract and Glaucoma, as well as spreading the word about the great campaign of the Lions Club International: the Sight First program.

Two years and three weeks after having left, on the 10th of May of 2008, from the shadow of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, and having pedaled across Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, the Congolese Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Namibia and, finally, South Africa, having contracted malaria, suffered a theft and two assault attempts, Pedal Joe finally arrived last Tuesday, the first of June, at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, having fulfilled his dream of pedaling 3049 hours and the distance of 17350 km (10780 miles) that separate Paris from the South African football capital.

Pedal Joe was received at Melrose Arch by representatives of BERG Toys who manufactured the Pedal-Cart, members of the Lions Club of South Africa, children and passers-by who cheered him on his final turns of the pedal, which filled his heart with emotion.

Pedal Joe will remain in Johannesburg during the World Cup Top to cheer on the Brazilian National Team and return to Brazil mid-July.

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