Two Cape Epic riders have raised funds for new bicycles to help Vision AfriKa learners get fit and give them the means to discover more about their surroundings in Stellenbosch.
The demanding Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race, which sees professionals and amateurs ride together across 647 km of the Western Cape, is taking place between 13 and 20 March this year.
The two fundraisers, Bud Reeder and Lentine Alexis both from the US, presented the initial raft of bikes to 10 Vision AfriKa students on 10 March during a ceremony at the sports field in the Kayamandi township. They raised the money on behalf of Qhubeka Bikes, which is World Bicycle Relief’s programme in South Africa.
World Bicycle Relief is a global, not-for-profit organisation, which aims to provide disadvantaged communities with access to education, health and economic opportunities by offering them a sustainable means of transportation.
The two top-achieving Vision AfriKa learners from Grades 9 to 11 were chosen to attend and four were selected from Grade 12. But a further 40 will also be trained in how to ride a bike over the coming month. They will then be lent their own vehicle on a free-of-charge basis, but the aim is to bring the total to 173 by the end of the year.
In order to own the bikes, the students will need to earn 100,000 points based on their academic performance, attendance, how frequently they ride their bike and how well they maintain it. Free maintenance services will be provided by the BMT Bike shop in Stellenbosch town centre.