World Bicycle Relief and World Vision have announced a $1,000,000 cycling event to take place in Zambia and South Africa. Cycling legend Johan Bruyneel, and World Bicycle Relief President and SRAM Corporation Executive Vice President F.K. Day, will lead a small group of influential and committed individuals to help make a significant breakthrough on awareness of, and solutions to, the problems of mobility in rural Africa.
Participants will experience firsthand the liberating power of providing bicycles as a solution to poverty in Zambia. Then travel to South Africa for an unforgettable bicycle vacation with Trek Travel, through the Cape Winelands ending on the Atlantic coast just south of Cape Town.
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Beginning on October 30, 2009, the 12-day trip will start in Zambia. Participants will help build bicycles before meeting community volunteer HIV/AIDS caregivers, student recipients and microfinance loan clients in order to understand personally how bicycles can help alleviate the daily realities of living in poverty.
Afterward, the group will travel to South Africa and join Trek Travel for an unforgettable bicycle adventure in the company of cycling legend Johan Bruyneel. Bruyneel is the mastermind behind nine of the last eleven Tour de France wins, including seven in a row by Lance Armstrong. The Trek Travel bicycle vacation includes daily rides from 20 to 60 miles that wind through the Cape Winelands, ending on the Atlantic coast just south of Cape Town. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a safari, cultural tour and wine tasting during the trip.
Million Dollar Impact
Through a significant financial contribution by participants, trip organizers hope to place thousands of bicycles into the hands of deserving people as enduring solutions to poverty. The trip itself costs $8,975 per person ($1,300 single occupancy supplement) with a suggested donation of $100,000.
Says Day, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Million Dollar Ride Africa has the potential to make a life-altering impact on rural African communities, and it is sure to be the experience of a lifetime for its participants, who will personally see the power of bicycles and of people determined to pedal themselves to a brighter future.Ã¢â‚¬Â
For more information about Million Dollar Ride Africa, visit: http://www.trektravel.com/World-Bicycle-Relief-Africa.cfm.