Looking to end out the year with a little good will? Over the next two months, BikeTown Africa will be delivering 640 Kona AfricaBikes to South Africa and Tanzania and Kona needs your help. If you're not familiar with the program, the initiative is to deliver Kona AfricaBikes to health care workers enabling them to be more efficient in aiding HIV/AIDS patients.
Fifteen volunteers will have the opportunity to build and handover the bicycles to the health care workers. So, if you think this is something you might be interested in, check out all the details HERE.
Although it isn't mandatory you have a quiver of tools to participate at one of our three Kona BikeTown Africa handovers this fall in South Africa and Tanzania, having some basic tools to build bikes makes the days flow a bit smoother. And when you're building over 200 AfricaBikes in 2-3 days, time is of the essence as you always need to allot yourself quality time to sample the local beer and spirits after a long day of wrenching!
So, here are a few tools to consider:
8, 9, 10mm open end wrenches
5, 6mm Allen wrenches
15mm open end for the hubs
Pedal wrench – some 15mm open end wrenches will fit
Crescent wrench (adjustable wrench)
Phillips head screwdriver
Thanks to sponsor Park Tool- who have donated a silly amount of tools - the AfricaBike handovers should be in good hands.
Didn't your mom ever tell you that exercising on sweets isthe best way to get a stomach ache? Well, these riders said "you-know-what" to that advice and took their chances at the Second Annual Utah Tour de Donut on July 11.
The American Fork Rotary Club, which raises funds for programs both in the US and abroad, hosted this year's event to gather donations for Kona BikeTown Africa. More than 300 riders put away 1,200 donuts before, during and after the 7-mile bike ride, which raised $7,400 for the BikeTown Africa cause which will help send AfricaBikes to home healthcare workers in Africa.
Riders had two opportunities throughout the Tour to reduce their race time by eating as many donuts as possible - with each donut rewarding them five minutes off their time.
Sounds like a pretty good deal to us - donuts, riding and a stomach ache that's worth it for a good cause.
Held every two years, the conference attracts the world's leading scientists, clinicians, and public health experts to discuss the latest in HIV-related research.
As BikeTown and the KonaAfricaBike have a close affiliation with HIV/AIDS relief workers, the conference presented a great opportunity to get the word out about the program among leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
One of BikeTown Africa's volunteers, Carol Williamson, formed a BikeTown Africa team for the 37th RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) to raise awareness about the program.
And that's exactly what they accomplished. The team plastered stickers on their bikes and helmets, handed out stickers, sharpied "BTA" on their calves and were interviewed by several different film crews at the event. Some of the team members rode the KonaAfricaBike throughout sections of the race and also used the bike on grocery and beer runs - among other things.
The RAGBRAI is the longest, largest and oldest touring bicycle ride in the world. Carol will be raffling off the Kona AfricaBike used during the race at the annual Rotary Fun Fair in Swathmore, PA in April 2010. Stay tuned for details.
It's hard to remember that before clip-less pedals, fat tires and forks, the bicycle was purely meant for transportation.
And that's exactly what the KonaAfricaBike is to our program's recipients - a means of transportation. Daniel Canfield of the Examiner, explains this point while highlighting the Kona AfricaBike program and its useful purpose for medical HIV/AIDS relief workers.
Orb clothing company, based in British Columbia, launched a 'Ride Your Bike' campaign in support of Bike Month. The campaign encourages people to ride their bikes in style while giving back to Kona Basic Needs. They designed a hoody to represent the campaign and help raise money. The partial proceeds along with a percentage of monthly sales from the flagship store in Vancouver raised $531 for the program.
Orb has been a long-time supporter of various non-profits and we're happy they were able to support our cause as well! Thanks!
Another donation just arrived, this time from Megan and Matt Warhurst who at their recent wedding asked family and friends to donate to Kona Basic Needs ... and they raised 544 Swiss francs - which is roughly $504 USD.
Congratulations on your wedding Megan and Matt and thanks for thinking of Kona and the AfricaBike.
In the next six months we'll be delivering 640 KonaAfricaBikes to three projects in sub-Saharan Africa. As usual, these bikes will be distributed to healthcare workers to enable them to be more efficient in their delivery of services and more productive in their personal lives.
There will be three opportunities for up to 15 participants to attend each build and handover. As a participant, you will build the bicycles, train mechanics and really “get dirty” for two full days - don't worry, no prior experience necessary. This will be a vacation, but one that gives something back and really makes a difference in the following areas:
Aug 24-28: Bukoba, in the remote Kagera region of north-western Tanzania.
Sept 20-24: Umlazi, a township on the east coast of Durban, the capital of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province.
Oct 5-9: Kinondoni, a rural area on the outskirts of Tanzania’s capital, Dar-es-Salaam.
Next week, June 20th, Cranmore will be hosting CAUSE Canada Cup mountain bike race. For the past two years, the race has been famously known as Ziggy Gnarly. This year, Cranmore and Rundle Mountain Cycling Club have partnered with CAUSE CANADA.
CAUSE CANADA is an International Relief and Development Organization which strives to empower impoverished communities and individuals around the world. KONA has partnered with CAUSE to supply Western Africa relief workers with Kona Africa Bikes that enable them to reach more remote areas.
The mountain bike event will feature the CAUSE celebrity KONA Africa bike race where celebrities will race with Kona Africa Bikes on an eight kilometer track. All the proceeds from the event will go to public health teaching and HIV/AIDS prevention work in West Africa.