HAILSHAM: Charities combine for bikes’ project

The bikes are presented to the school
The bikes are presented to the school

TWO Hailsham-based charities and Southern Water are helping Ugandan orphans to get on their bikes.

Twenty bikes have been donated to a school in Kabbubu and Southern Water has sponsored one of the bikes through Hailsham-based educational charity Primary Concern Africa.

PCA works through the Quicken Trust in Kabubbu to help children get to school and has already supplied 20 bikes and a range of educational equipment for the biology department at Trust High School.

Southern Water is the first corporate sponsor of a bike for a student at one of Kabubbu’s two schools. Others are expected to follow.

PCA and Quicken Trust first met at the Bike Ride for Uganda 2010 event in Hailsham in July last year.

Steve McAuliffe, PCA director, said, “We have been looking for a charity to work with that meets our criteria of supporting children’s education in Africa and committing the maximum value of a gift to the point-of-need and Quicken Trust is the ideal partner. We are delighted to be working with them.”

Kevin Buck, who organises Southern Water’s charity sponsorship, said, “When Steve told us about his charity we were impressed with what he and Quicken Trust have been achieving and proud to be the first corporate sponsor.”

Geoff Booker, founder of Quicken Trust, presented the bike in Southern Water corporate colours at the Kabubbu community bicycle workshop to 16-year-old Tabitha Namataka on his visit in March.

He said, “It was such a wonderful moment when Tabitha received her bike. Children in Kabubbu highly value their education. To be able to provide a bike so Tabitha can get to and from school more easily gives her more time for her studies and greater hope for her future.”

PCA and Quicken Trust would like to hear from any other companies able to help - details from Steve McAuliffe at bikes@primaryconcernafrica.org or by phoning 07717801239.