Back in 2007, I travelled to Kenya myself for the first time to volunteer with a project called The Walk Centre and had such a life-changing experience that, two years and several trips later, I decided to start African Adventures.
For those of you who have volunteered in Kenya with us, you will know what a pivotal role The Walk plays within the local community, providing a free nursery school education to hundreds of children who live on the perimeter of the town’s dumpsite. Too many of those children still drop out of education at the age of 7 because their families cannot afford the cost of primary school.
The idea to build a two-storey primary school for The Walk Centre, which would provide a free education to those very children up to the age of 14, was conceived by its founder, Alex Maina, in 2015. Since then, both African Adventures Foundation and Chichester College have worked tirelessly to raise the money we need to make it a reality.
I was sat in our office last summer, knowing that 2017 would mark 10 years since I first visited The Walk Centre. I decided that I wanted to take on a challenge that might help us raise the final amount of money we need to open the school’s doors in time for the target completion date of August 2017…and the idea of The Big Bike Ride was born!
After seven months of training, four friends and I are going to be cycling 700 miles from the front gates of The Walk Centre in Nakuru to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania with the aim of raising £10,000.
We are aiming to complete the ride in 11 days but will have to cope with some really challenging terrain, unpredictable weather and those infamous roads that you’re probably familiar with if you have been on your own African Adventure!
This is the first time we have taken on a fundraising event quite like this and I would be so grateful if you can get involved. I will be blogging weekly until we depart at the beginning of August and, as soon as we get underway, I’ll be feeding daily blogs back to the office so you can keep up to date with the inevitable highs and lows.
If you can spare any money to donate to the event, and to help us get The Walk Centre complete please go to https://aaf.african-adventures.co.uk/the-big-bike-ride/.
If every African Adventures volunteer or supporter donated just £2.50, we would reach our target, so please do help us on our way if you can.
We are putting our money where our mouths are too; each cyclist is funding their own travel and African Adventures is covering the in-country costs, so every penny will go towards The Big Build.
The countdown is on!
Yours slightly nervously,