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Qhubeka, CoJ delivers bikes to Sowetans

SOWETANS TO benefit from City of Johannesburg (CoJ) and Qhubeka bicycle partnership.

Qhubeka, CoJ delivers bikes to Sowetans

The month of May, 1050 bicycles will be distributed to schoolchildren and community policing volunteers at three different events around Johannesburg.

The breakdown of bicycles being distributed is as follows:

  • Orlando Community Policing Forum (CPF): 50 bicycles
  • Bona Comprehensive School: 300 bicycles
  • Selelekela Secondary School: 200 bicycles
  • Orlando High School: 150 bicycles
  • Jabulile Secondary School: 350 bicycles

Qhubeka corporate partners and fundraisers work to match the funds made available by CoJ to double the number of bicycles that can be distributed.

With 50% of the bicycle funding for these 1050 bicycles coming from CoJ, the remaining funds have been raised by Qhubeka’s grassroots donors and fundraisers, Parks Cycling Club (PCC), Illovo Cycling Group, Barry Crouch and friends, Alison Gayler, Jeandre Fourie and friends, and the group of 2018 Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge campaign riders who chose to race for Qhubeka.

“Since the start of our relationship with City of Joburg, we have distributed more than 3000 bicycles together,” says Qhubeka Executive Director Tsatsi Phaweni.

“Over 2500 of them have gone to schoolchildren in learn-to-earn programmes, helping them to get to and from school more easily and regularly. More than 500 have been distributed to the Community Policing Forum (CPF) volunteers to help them patrol more effectively and to improve visible policing, and the remainder have been distributed to healthcare workers and other community service volunteers and people in Qhubeka craft programmes who have worked to earn them.

It’s wonderful to see the range of people who are changing their lives with bicycles, thanks to the support of our partners like City of Joburg.”

SHIFT is a Qhubeka bicycle project that aims to distribute 5 000 bicycles into a specific geographic area for five years, with the aim of helping to SHIFT the entire community forward.

Qhubeka (going forward) is a global charity that moves people forward with bicycles in Africa.  People earn bicycles through our programmes, improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs.

Image (A learner is a recipient of a bicycle at the handover ceremony held in Soweto last week).

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