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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"Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name at independence in 1966. More than five decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most stable economies in Africa. The ruling Botswana Democratic Party has won every election since independence; President Mokgweetsi Eric MASISI assumed the presidency in April 2018 following the retirement of former President Ian KHAMA due to constitutional term limits. MASISI is Botswana’s fifth president since independence. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves. Botswana has one of the world's highest rates of HIV/AIDS infection, but also one of Africa's most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease."
So, speaking from experience and not a "white saviour" complex. Just the reality and facts of the situation. As I said, great gesture and a true testament that there are people that care for those that are not given such a great opoortunity. I'd just like to know that they have the ongoing support to appreciate and enjoy these bikes for years to come.
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