International Women’s Day: meet Katja Steenkamp

Today the world celebrates International Women’s Day, so we’re focusing on one of our truly special women fundraisers, Katja Steenkamp.

Katja is a competitive MTB rider who is currently riding the Tour de Afrique to raise 300 bicycles for Qhubeka, World Bicycle Relief’s programme in South Africa.

“The idea of travelling across Africa has been on the back of my mind for a very long time,” she explains. “I promised myself to realise my dream, no matter how hard and impossible it appeared. Along with my dream to cycle through Africa came the innate urge to use my journey to help those far less fortunate, and especially children. My goal is to raise 300 bicycles by May 2016.”

Always on the lookout for a new adventure, Katja will ride 12 200 km as she tackles the Tour d-Afrique XXL ultra marathon from Cairo to Cape Town. “My goal is to use TDA Global Cycling (Tour d’Afrique) to create awareness for the incredible benefits that bicycles have for children and their education,” she says.

You can follow Katja’s progress and find out more on her website and blog.

We leave you with a thought on bicycles from women’s rights activist, Susan B. Anthony, who said: “Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel… the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”

Happy International Women’s Day!