Schools get 5 300 new bicycles
ON March 5, 300 school children in Umvoti, KwaZulu-Natal, became proud recipients of Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles, thanks to generous donations from the 50 Mile Ride event organisers and other supporters who contributed towards Qhubeka’s #GiveHope campaign.
The bicycles were handed over as part of the Bicycle Education Empowerment Programme (Beep) implemented by World Vision South Africa and Swiss counterpart World Vision Switzerland, in partnership with Qhubeka (World Bicycle Relief ’s programme in South Africa).
The aim of Beep is to help children get to school faster and more safely by providing them with bicycles, which reduces their commute time by up to 75%.
THE RECIPIENT SCHOOLS WERE:
Vikindlala Primary School; Mgwempisi Primary and Secondary School; Mashingizela Secondary School; Mvoti School; and Busana Secondary School
Children sign a two-year studyto-earn contract that requires them to improve their class attendance and academic performance. At the end of the contract, the bicycles become their property.
A bicycle supervisory committee is set up at each recipient school and is represented by teachers, pupil governing body members and parents.
The bicycle supervisory committee’s role is not only to select beneficiaries but also to enforce the twoyear service-to-own contract which governs the use of the bicycle.
All this was explained to the children at the bicycle-distribution ceremony held at Busana Secondary School. In attendance were parents, school staff and members of the local community who were there to celebrate as the children enjoyed their first rides on the new bicycles.
THANKS TO DONORS AND FUNDRAISERS
The bicycles handed over were funded by generous Qhubeka supporters — 230 by the organisers of the 50 Mile Ride in southern California, U.S., 65 by people who contributed funds towards Qhubeka’s 2014 year-end #GiveHope campaign, and five through individuals who raised funds or donated to Qhubeka. — Copy supplied.