With the Ice Bucket challenge all over the media and celebrities falling over themselves to look involved in this latest craze to bring awareness to the ALS Association, it has got us thinking about some charities that simply, through no fault of their own, haven't got anywhere near as much exposure. With La Vuelta flying through Spain it is particularly apt that the Qhubeka volunteer organisation was brought to our attention.
Part of the World Bicycle Relief, Qhubeka has recently gained more attention through the signing of Edvald Boasson Hagen who has left Team Sky to join the MTN-Qhubeka Professional Continental Team which is the sports team that endorses the organisation and helps with funding.
The La Vuelta a Espana covers 3,181.5km in 3 weeks. 500,000 school children in South Africa walk that distance in 1 year just going to and from school.
Qhubeka is a non-profit that helps people move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. 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.
Whilst cycling is seen a a recreational joy for us, in rural places transportation is a fundamental element of development. Having a bike enables those children who are unable to go to school - for amongst other possible reason due to distance and the inability to travel the distance - to have the educational opportunity they deserve.
Qhubeka have designed a robust and reliable bike that they have dubbed 'Buffalo Bike' in Chicago that is then assembled in South Africa that was conceived for the environment they are ridden in. No matter how hipster you are, it isn't really practical to ride a Fixie through rural Africa on a market or school run... ;)
This is not a bike, it's an engine for economic and cultural empowerment
If this blog has given you the desire to get out and jump on the bike, then you might be interested in the Ride Hannibal's Trail cycling experience that we offer.
Whatever you do and whenever you ride, juts remember that for some people #bicycleschangelives
We have not been asked to write about Qhubeka or World Bicycle Relief and we are not affiliated in anyway