99 Bikes show support of Qhubeka – and have a holiday to give away – Bike Magazine Australia

One bicycle has the power to enrich the lives of five family members in Africa, according to statistics released by 99 Bikes who has partnered with volunteer organisation Qhubeka to create a cycle of hope.

This month, the Australian bike retailer is getting behind the handlebars to provide two-wheeled support and is calling on fellow Aussies to pitch in for their chance to score a holiday.

99 Bikes’ Founder and Managing Director, Matt Turner, said the company had fine tuned its social purpose for 2017 and, in doing so, wanted to establish a way for riding enthusiasts to feel connected to a bigger cause.

“As a company, we are very passionate about helping Qhubeka and it’s programs – mainly through donations from our individual employees. This year, we thought we’d ask the Australian cycling community to join the cause,” he said.

In return for a small monetary donation to Qhubeka, 99 Bikes is giving two people the chance to win an African adventure in South Africa’s Western Cape, where they can combine safari tours and wine tasting with hands-on volunteering.

Travellers will learn first hand how bicycles are improving communities, the environment and quality of life by visiting townships benefiting from Qhubeka’s bike programs.

They will also participate in a bike distribution ceremony, visit a bike assembly facility and join lessons at a local school.

The prize includes return flights from Australia to Cape Town for two travellers and six nights luxury accommodation in Cape Town, as well as touring through game reserves and famous wine regions.

Matt says bikes are the backbone of life in many third world economics, providing much more than just recreation.

“Bikes are the most effective and economical method of allowing people to travel further, carry more and get there faster,” Matt said.

“They are a means of transport to places of employment and education, and provide immediate access to food, water, medicine and shelter,” he said. 

You can enter via donating via the competition page.

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