Frequently Asked Questions

What is Back On Your Bike?
Back On Your Bike is a fundraising effort for Richard Holland who was injured in a cycling accident (whilst training in Dubai) on 11 October 2012.

How is the Fund being administered?
In order to ensure complete transparency and appropriate governance, Back On Your Bike Trust is officially registered in South Africa; under South African law and signed on 14/12/2012.

To assist Rich with his medical rehab and other related expenses, an independent trust has been set up, controlled by RMB Private Bank, a division of First Rand Bank Ltd in South Africa. RMB Private Bank will act as trustees and administer any donations or contributions made by members of the public to support Richard.

The full beneficiary of the Trust is Richard John Sothern Holland (ID 8211305191087).

Trust Deed

How will the funds donated be used?
The money raised through Back On Your Bike will be used entirely to support Richard’s medical needs and recovery.

Back On Your Bike has been established to assist Rich Holland and his family by raising money to cover his :

  • Immediate and future medical care (including neuro surgery, ICU and hospital stays in Dubai & South Africa);
  • Intensive neurological and physical rehabilitation in South Africa to provide him with the very best chance of recovery;
  • Long-term hospital fees and out-patient care
  • Home care: Modified house, custom wheelchair, customised vehicle for transport, hospital bed, hoist and other medical equipment.
  • 3 x daily liquid feeds for the future through PEG tube at R150 per day.
  • Unforeseen medical and related expenses.

What is Richard’s prognosis?

Rich’s condition is now stable, but he still requires intensive medical supervision.  Due to the type of brain injury that Richard sustained in this awful accident, his brain stem was injured. This has resulted in a loss of motor messages to his body and at present he is unable to move his body voluntarily at all. Only time and intense neuro rehab will tell if this motor control will be regained. This is obviously very frustrating and frightening for him and means he requires constant turning and repositioning to prevent pressure sores. He also requires intensive physiotherapy to keep his limbs mobile and prevent stiffness and contractures.

Rich is South Africa born and thus has been repatriated (on 23 Jan 2013), courtesy of AXA insurance, to Cape Town. South Africa. He is currently on a solid and comprehensive  out-patient rehabilitation programme at the Vincent Palotti and we are hopeful for the future. He is living at home with his parents and girlfriend Krysia who look after him round the clock. Rich has a few wonderful carers who turn him every 3 hours to prevent bed sores, care for him, deliver his liquid feed (Peg Tube into his stomach) and provide constant support to his physio’s and other specialists who are working hard to give Rich the best chance of recovery of his mobility and speech in time.

What about medical aid cover?

Rich was living in UAE and therefore does not have full medical cover in South Africa yet. This means that his care and ALL costs currently are being covered by the family, and through your generous donations. The costs are astronomically high and we are already so immensely grateful for all the donations received thus far.

Why R15,000,000?
Richard is facing an extensive hospitalization period followed by an unknown length of neuro-rehabilitation. This means the future costs can only be estimated. This fundraising target has been based on a rough estimate from the first 6 weeks of treatment he has already received, the multiple surgeries he has already undergone (and has scheduled), physiotherapy (neuro and physical) and the projected amount of rehabilitation treatment he requires in future. This amount was validated by information available from the DANA Foundation ( that calculates the lifetime expense of a coma patient as between US$600,000 and US $1,875,000 = Upward of R15,000,000

We have set reachable fundraising goals for various stages of Rich’s recovery. Our first fundraising target is R1,500,000 to cover the immediate medical costs and next few months in Rich’s recovery. We will continue to adjust our target and goals as we learn more about Rich’s recovery.