One of the most inspirational teams in this year's Le Tour has been team Dimension Data. The TdF line up has been nothing short of spectacular with Cavendish and Steve Cummings bagging some memorable stage victories this year. A perhaps less known aspect of the team is their partnership and work promoting Qubeka.
Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward”. Qhubeka is World Bicycle Relief’s programme in South Africa. World Bicycle Relief is a global non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation. Since World Bicycle Relief’s founding in 2005, it has delivered more than 250,000 specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to people in need.
Qhubeka 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.
Another admirable initiative from team Dimension Data is the work of pro-cyclist Matt Brammeier who conceived the African Kit Appeal. The organisations mission statement is simple:
"Our mission is to provide the kids of our supported African countries with the cycling apparel they need, not only will this enable the current cyclists to fulfil their full potential, dreams & ambitions but we hope we can also introduce some new faces into the world of cycling, a world that we love."
Video on Qhubeka HERE and more on African Kit Appeal HERE.