Tour d'Afrique Foundation
One of the charities I am supporting with my trip is the Tour d'Afrique Foundation.
The Foundation donates bicycles to health care workers and other deserving individuals in Africa.
HIV/AIDS is probably the worst health problem in Africa, however maternal mortality, tuberculosis, malaria,diarrhea, diabetes, cervical cancer are also big challenges.
Bicycles being a very low cost and sustainable form of transport, enable medical workers to treat many more patients than they otherwise would.
The Tour d'Afrique foundation also donates bicycles to other deserving groups. For example in 2008 the Foundation donated 10 bikes to Garlendale High School in Capetown. Many of the children attending this school come from disadvantaged backgrounds and often fall prey to crime and drugs. The school recently started a cycling club, which functions under the auspices of Pedal Power .
The cycling club has had a positive impact in the lives of the children who have joined. The school anticipates that four of their pupils will be chosen to represent the Western Cape in the annual inter-provincial schools cycling competition. This has created a positive difference in the lives of these children, and as a result, there is a huge demand from other children to join the club.
Poverty, however, prevents them being able to afford a bicycle to join the club. It is likely that the 10 bikes donated to this school will change the lives of 10 more children.