Jacco Quist sells shots to support Qhubeka

Jacco Quist is a cycling fan who lives in Holland. His wife is South African and the couple and their daughter hope to continue to visit her family in Noordhoek in the Western Cape as often as possible. Jacco says he’s an “intense” follower of cycling and enjoys combining his love of the sport with another hobby – photography.

“I first started supporting Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung when Jansen van Rensburg won a cycling event in our region (Tour of the Zeeland Seaports),” he explains. “That made me aware of the good job Qhubeka is doing. Having a little experience of South African culture, I also see education as the key in closing the gap between before and after apartheid. I understand and support the idea that bicycles can make a big difference in getting access to education for school children. I looked into supporting Qhubeka financially, but was disappointed in how much money gets lost in transferring it from Holland to South Africa.”

Recently, however, Jacco made contact with a cyclist riding in a local race who is involved in measuring cyclists’ positions on bikes, and found a way to put his photography to good use in support of Qhubeka.

“This cyclist’s organisation is called Velofysics and is related to an organisation in the UK which does similar things (www.movementperformancesolutions.com),” he says. “For them, more marketing was (or is) needed and therefore they needed a picture of a cyclist on his bike. Having seen my cycling photos on Google+ (formerly Picasaweb), they could pick one quite easily, but just in low resolution. An original sized image is what they wanted and were willing to pay for. I thought, ‘Wow, my first real picture sale!'”

Instead of accepting payment for the image, however, Jacco decided that Qhubeka could use the money better and suggested that the purchaser donate $25 to Qhubeka. “They turned that amount into $30,” he says. “I’m proud of having my work appreciated, Movement Performance Solutions can use the photo the way they want without holding back, and a small financial contribution is made to a great cause.”

Should other people wish to purchase any of his photos, Jacco plans to ask for payment in donations to Qhubeka once more. Here’s one of his shots:

Jacco Quist pic

You can follow Jacco on Twitter here to see more of his photographs and updates.

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