GIVING RURAL PUPILS TIME
OVER the past three years, Volkswagen, in partnership with Qhubeka, have donated almost 3 000 Blue Bikes to children across South Africa.
VW said with 11 million of SA’s 17 million school children still walking to school, taking some of them up to four hours a day to travel to and from school, the need for transport is palpable.
Qhubeka (which means to “progress” or “move forward”) said it transforms hope in rural areas into reality with the simple gift of a blue bicycle that can cut pupils’ travel time by half a day, giving them time.
Volkswagen said in a statement less time spent travelling to school means more time to learn, more time to play and more time with family.
Volkswagen and Qhubeka have committed once more to help mobilise the youth for a better future and have committed to distributing a total of 1 100 bicycles in 2017.
“Volkswagen’s vision is to provide sustainable mobility for Africa by way of German engineering and this programme fits in with that philosophy and shows our human side,” said Thomas Schaefer, chairperson and managing director of Volkswagen Group South Africa. — WR.
A pupil cycles on a Qhubeka bicycle sponsored by Volkswagen South Africa.