Cheltenham College have teamed up with Cheltenham-based travel company Abercrombie & Kent and international charity 'Wheels for Change' to support a life-changing community-based bike project in Zambia.
We are hoping to fill the shipping container that is currently near the Sports Centre with over 400 bikes, tools, collapsible benches and folding chairs. The container will then be shipped to Zambia.
On arrival in the village of Nakatindi the container will be coverted into a bike shop and repair facility, with local members of the community being trained in bicycle maintenance, business management and bookkeeping.
In Zambia cycling is not a leisure activity, bikes can transform lives. A bike enables a healthcare worker to visit four times the number of patients in a day; it helps a mother to transport water from the well, and get produce to market. With many students currently walking over 10km each way to get to school, bikes will not only enable them to spend more time on their studies, but also allow them to arrive with more energy for their school work.
If you would like to donate a bike the drop-off dates are Saturday, 2 May (9.00am - 5.00pm) and Sunday, 3 May (10.00am - 4.00pm) at the Cheltenham College Sports Centre, Thirlestaine Road (opposite College Lawn), Cheltenham GL53 7AD.