As part of our #Joburg2Kili expedition we are raising funds for Qhubeka, which is the World Bicycle Relief’s non-profit organisation in South Africa. Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward” which is exactly what they aim to do by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results.
A child’s commute time to school is reduced by up to 75% with a bicycle
A bicycle increases a person’s carrying capacity by five times
Healthcare workers can visit more than double the amount of patients per day with a bicycle
Marks improve by an average of 25% for children who ride a bicycle to school
Schools where children ride bicycles see attendance rates rise by 18% on average
In essence, having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there. To learn more about how #bicycleschangelives take a look at this video:
The #Joburg2Kili expedition will take place from the 30th July 2016 until the 17th October 2016. The objective of the expedition is to ride on Qhubeka Buffalo bicycles from Johannesburg in South Africa to Moshi in Tanzania all in an effort to raise funds for our chosen charity Qhubeka. Once we arrive in Moshi we will then join a group to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. We plan to summit Mount Kilimanjaro on our 5th wedding anniversary on the 15th October 2016. Route plotted on Tracks4Africa on BaseCamp – the image above is taken from Google Earth Our route takes us from Johannesburg Northwards into Botswana where we will travel up the Eastern side of the country and cross into Zambia at Kasane border. We’ll cycle to Livingstone at Victoria Falls and have a few days of recovery and to replenish our supplies before carrying on towards Lusaka and Eastwards into Malawi. The capital of Malawi, Lilongwe, will be another multi-day stop to replenish before we ride up the Western side of Lake Malawi and cross into Tanzania. Once in Tanzania we’ll head straight up the center of the country up to Arusha and finally Moshi where we’ll exchange our cycling shoes for hiking boots and begin our summit attempt of Mount Kilimanjaro.