Le Tour de France and Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift announce the continuation in 2023 of its partnership with the Qhubeka Charity (“Qhubeka”) as an official charity supported by the two races.
Qhubeka has been one of the key charities supported by the Tour de France for several years – and by the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift for the first time in 2022 – which has led to the distribution of over 1,500 of Qhubeka’s unique bicycles to schoolchildren across southern Africa.
This relationship is a key part of Tour de France’s ‘École Solidaire – Un Vélo pour Tous!’ (!) campaign, which aims, in 2023, to get over 100,000 school pupils across France on bicycles – delivered by the domestic Secours Populaire Français charity. To complement this on the international stage, the Tour de France has committed significant funds to support Qhubeka’s ‘Scholar Mobility’ programme in southern Africa.
Alongside these commitments, there will be some significant fundraising campaigns for Qhubeka running during both 2023 races.
Qhubeka is a global non-profit organisation that helps people to move forward and progress by providing bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results in Africa. Qhubeka has now distributed over 108,000 of our unique bicycles. Qhubeka is a Nguni meaning “to progress”, “to move forward”. More information can be found at www.qhubeka.org
Anthony Fitzhenry, Qhubeka’s founder:
“The announcement of this continued partnership with the Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, is great news for us here at the Qhubeka Charity. It will allow us to continue to reach many people and move their lives forward through access to a bicycle. The bicycle really can change lives.”
Yann Le Moënner, Amaury Sport Organisation CEO:
“The Tour de France, and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, have a responsibility which goes well beyond that of sporting competition, we amplify a message to promote bike use globally. We are convinced that this is important worldwide and mobility has to be encouraged by all means. Our long-term partnership with Qhubeka allows cycling to be put forward as part of the solution for young people in unfortunate circumstances. Cycling a path for the future is what drives us”.
More information about the Tour de France can be found at https://www.letour.fr/fr/
More information about the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift can be found at https://www.letourfemmes.fr/fr