Teaming up with our sponsors and distributors globally, Pinkbike's Share the Ride raises money to bring disadvantaged children from all over the world the opportunity to share the joy of being on two wheels by providing them with bicycles, helmets and locks. Since its inception in 2013, the foundation has raised over $200,000 and brought smiles to hundreds of children around the world. Information on the Share the Ride foundation can be found at pinkbike.com/sharetheride. Photos Ben Haggar
“Mountain biking has meant everything to me” says Joe. “Without mountain biking, I would be nothing. I have achieved a lot; success and good health from riding.” This is Joe, or Kgosi Johan Rakumako, a former safari mountain bike guide in Botswana’s Tuli Block. Whistler-based Chris Winter met Joe for the first time in 2005, while he was researching a mountain bike safari adventure for his mountain bike tour company, Big Mountain Bike Adventures. Back then, it was clear to Winter that Joe had a passion in his eyes and his sights were set high. Mountain bike guiding created opportunities for Joe that he could not have imagined. Fifteen years later, Joe is now the Chief of his village of Pilikwe, located about four-hundred kilometers north of the capital, Gabarone, and near the border of Zimbabwe.
This past April Joe organized a Share The Ride event with Winter in Pilikwe village. “For the kids of Pilikwe this is a huge opportunity," he says. "We have two events coming up in September where they'll compete in junior cycling events, some of the kids dream of becoming professional riders. Plus, the government has activity days in schools where they do athletics and now it helps our school to have bike rides to motivate kids with their education." School head Ms. Gaamangwe Mfheladi acknowledged the donation and went on to say "the bikes will play a significant role in the school’s physical education program and would encourage the pupils to attend school with interest." For Joe, things have come full-circle and he can now share with the youth of his community what mountain biking provided him thanks to Share The Ride.
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