Schools get 5 300 new bi­cy­cles

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

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