On the 8th of June, I’ll be "Riding Around The World" to raise funds for Qhubeka.
Qhubeka works with Team Dimension Data, and now Deloitte through our cycling sponsorship to provide bicycles to children in South Africa.
"Research by Statistics South Africa indicates that 11 million out of a possible 17 million students in South Africa walk to school, with ‘walking all the way’ being the primary means of travel. Of students walking to school, half a million walk for more than an hour– up to 6 km each way– thus impacting concentration and learning ability."
"Over 60% of students who walk to school in South Africa are in the lowest income group and rural students (8.1%) are more likely than urban (3%) or metropolitan (2.7%) students to walk more than 60 minutes to school."
"The challenge of distance results in increased tardiness, frequent absenteeism, exhaustion and often the complete withdrawal of the child from the education system.
Bicycles are the most effective and economical method of quickly addressing this problem."
The possibilities afforded to a child with the "extra" time that a bicycle provides are endless.
Please donate - let's make a difference one bike at a time.