#BicyclesChangeLives aims to mobilise people through bicycle donations to Qhubeka, World Bicycle Relief’s programme in South Africa. Join Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung as they Make It Count and participate in the 24-hour Bicycles Change Lives Ride-a-thon beginning on 28 November 2015.
The goal of the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign is to raise funds for 5 000 bicycles for people in rural Africa, where lack of mobility often holds people back from accessing opportunity. Team MTN Qhubeka p/b Samsung has raised over 4 500 bicycles in 2015 to date, and is seeking to hit the goal of 5 000 before the end of the year. You can help them to achieve that goal by supporting the Bicycles Change Lives Ride-a-thon. Here’s how:
The goal is to help MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung ride the distance from Cape Town to Cairo and turn those kilometres into bicycles for people in Africa. Your donation will provide bicycles to people, giving them the tools to make their own path in life.
Register on the Bicycles Change Lives website
Pledge your donation
(Suggested donation: A minimum of 1 unit of your currency applies, i.e. South Africans will need to pledge from R1 minimum per kilometre)
Follow Bicycles Change Lives on Strava.
(On the Strava app, search for “Bicycles Change Lives” and click the “Follow/Friend’ button. This will be used to track how many kilometres you have cycled.)
Starting at 2pm on 28 November to 2pm on 29 November, cycle up a storm wherever you are and Make It Count with Bicycles Change Lives and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung.
The idea behind #BicyclesChangeLives
“At MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, we believe that bicycles change lives. Every person on this team has had that experience personally,” says Team Principal Doug Ryder. “That’s why we’re working to give talented African riders a path to the pro peloton while mobilising students in Africa with bicycles through Qhubeka, which is World Bicycle Relief’s programme in South Africa. We’re asking our supporters to join us in cycling as many kilometres as possible and committing to donating towards funding bicycles for #BicyclesChangeLives. Whether you can ride five kilometres, 50 or 500, we’d love to have you with us!”
“Bicycles are a cost efficient and effective way of addressing one of Africa’s great challenges – mobility,” says Sarah Phaweni, Qhubeka Executive Director. “A bicycle can change that, and we are excited to partner with Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung and cycling fans around the world to fund bicycles for people whose lives can be changed with a bicycle. We’re looking forward to tracking the kilometres during the Ride-a-thon and seeing what our amazing supporters are capable of.”
For more information, visit www.bicycleschangelives.org.
Supporter resource kits
If you’d like to get involved, we’ve put together some materials for you to use:
- Corporate kit (for companies that would like to encourage their employees to participate)
- Club kit (for cycling or multisport clubs or associations that would like to encourage their members to participate)
- Fan kit (for fans of Qhubeka or Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung who would like to encourage their friends and family members to participate)