Volkswagen boost for World Bicycle Relief
VOLKSWAGEN South Africa together with its partners Qhubeka and World Vision South Africa returned to a KwaZuluNatal school to conduct bikemaintenance and a road-safety clinic, and deliver backpacks filled with books and stationery.
The groups had, in April and May, donated 1 100 bicycles to pupils from 20 rural schools in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
The cost of one bicycle is R2 320 and pupils, parents or guardians are required to sign a contract which stipulates the terms and conditions of using the bicycle (school attendance). The bicycle becomes the personal property of the pupil after the two-year contract has elapsed.
A recent report by World Bicycle Relief revealed that academic performance increases by an average of 59% after receiving a bicycle and the average school attendance improves by 28%, as pupils spend less time commuting and more time in classrooms. “The success of our initial donation of bicycles has inspired us to look at other opportunities to extend our commitment to making a small but impactful difference in the lives of the pupils in the schools we are supporting.
Thomas Schaefer, MD of Volkswagen Group South Africa, said: “As a result we have partnered with some of our dealerships in KwaZulu-Natal and Nal’ibali in donating reading material and stationery to the school.”
Schaefer added: “We hope reading will empower the pupils and open their eyes to the new world filled with indefinite opportunities.”
Twelve participating VW dealerships in KZN collected books and stationery to fill backpacks along with a Nal’ibali bilingual story card and supplement to encourage reading for enjoyment.
The bicycle-maintenance and road-safety clinic is the pilot project and will be rolled out to all other bicycle recipients later this year.
A pupil shows his slalom skills at a KwaZulu-Natal school.