Qhubeka Distribution Day – 350 bicycles to help mobilise people in Alexandra

We were very excited to be invited to join in on a Qhubeka Distribution Day Ceremony, which took place in Alexandra today.

The City of Jo’burg and Qhubeka have been working together to develop a bicycle distribution program to help children travel to school faster and more safely, thereby boosting their attendance through increased mobility. Alexandra was identified as an area for bicycle distribution by the City of Joburg due to the cycling corridor that is being constructed between Alex and Sandton.

The Ceremony included speeches from relevant parties that have helped make the bicycle distribution possible in Alexandra including the corporate donors Fluor, Tarsus and AutoTrader. What really stood out from the speeches is that in order for this bicycle program to be sustainable there is a need for the entire community to be part of the process from the children, their parents, the school through to the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (to make sure the roads are safe for the children to ride to school) as well as the SA Police Service.

Kwabhekilanga Secondary School was chosen to receive the bicycles today based on its position as the highest-performing school in Alexandra in terms of Matric pass rate in both 2014 and 2015, and because the majority of schoolchildren currently walk to school. A total of 50 children were present at the Ceremony to receive the bicycles. In total, 350 bicycles will be allocated to school learners (280 bicycles) and adults (70 bicycles) in Alexandra.

It was really great to see what a difference all donations to the Qhubeka non-profit organisation is making in communities such as Alexandra. If you would like to make a donation to Qhubeka, please click here for more details.

For further information about the Alexandra Bicycle Distribution Program, please click here.

 

INTERVIEW WITH JON GERICKE ON SAfm 105.1 [Podcast]

Joburg2Kili expedition cyclists Warrick and Camilla Kernes and Gareth Pickering were recently interviewed by Jon Gericke (@bbjsportguy) on the SAfm Sports Special in-between the SA vs Ireland rugby match (which thankfully the Bokke won!).

Thank you to SAfm for sharing our expedition with your listeners to help spread the word about our initiative. If you missed out on the interview, you can listen by clicking on the links below (courtesy of Newsclip):

 

Over R50,000 raised so far – Thank you!

We’ve been blown away by the generosity of people who have so willingly supported the Qhubeka charity in support of our #Joburg2Kili expedition. When we combined the donations made via GivenGain and direct EFT deposits we were thrilled to find that we’ve surpassed the half way mark of our goal to raise R100,000 for Qhubeka. The total amount raised to date is R55,620 which equates to 19 bicycles which will be handed out to children to enable them to ride themselves to school instead of walking an hour or more to and from school each day.

Thank you so much to everyone who have so kindly donated thus far. Please know that 100% of your donations go straight to Qhubeka and that your donations will make a significant impact in a child’s life.

Qhubeka have kindly invited the #Joburg2Kili team to attend a distribution day in June where they’ll be handing over some of the bikes to children in need. We’re really looking forward to this experience and we’ll be sure to post plenty pictures online!

If you would like to donate, please do so by clicking this link to our GivenGain page. THANK YOU!

Interview with the Randburg Sun

We recently met up with Neo Phashe from the Randburg Sun for an interview about our expedition. Although we were a bit nervous for the interview, she was truly interested in what we’re trying to achieve and she posted this great article on the Randburg Sun local community newspaper site.

Click here to read the full article and be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates on our progress leading up to and during the #Joburg2Kili Expedition.

*Photo credit: Neo Phashe from The Randburg Sun

How bicycles can change lives

As part of our #Joburg2Kili expedition we are raising funds for Qhubeka, which is the World Bicycle Relief’s non-profit organisation in South Africa. Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward” which is exactly what they aim to do by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results.

So how do bicycles change lives?

Here are a few facts from Qhubeka:

  • A child’s commute time to school is reduced by up to 75% with a bicycle
  • A bicycle increases a person’s carrying capacity by five times
  • Healthcare workers can visit more than double the amount of patients per day with a bicycle
  • Marks improve by an average of 25% for children who ride a bicycle to school
  • Schools where children ride bicycles see attendance rates rise by 18% on average

In essence, having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there. To learn more about how #bicycleschangelives take a look at this video:

Welcome to our #Joburg2Kili Expedition Blog

We would like to welcome you to our #Joburg2Kili Expedition Blog where we will be posting updates on:

  • How we are progressing with our planning for our expedition leading up to our departure date 30th July 2016
  • Information on Qhubeka our chosen charity and how our fundraising is going
  • Information on all the gear and products we will be taking along with us on the expedition
  • During the expedition we will also use this platform to update as often as is possible on how things are going including the highs and lows

We look forward to sharing this exciting journey with you through our blog!