As the 2016 Tour de France gets underway, Cotswold Veldrijden cycling club based in Swindon is supporting an appeal to help young people across Africa to set their sights on becoming involved in professional cycling.
Following the participation of the first team from Africa in last year’s Tour, professional cyclist Matt Barmmeier learnt more about the amount of raw talent desperate to be part of the sport.
Now riding for Team Dimension Data, alongside top British sprinter Mark Cavendish, Matt is collecting and sending usable cycle clothing, helmets, cycle shoes and glasses to Rwanda, starting out with youngsters at the Adrien Niyonshuti cycling academy.
Andy Smith, club coordinator and local fire fighter, is acting as the local collecting point. He said: “This is a really worthwhile project for anybody into cycling. Over the years it’s amazing how much stuff cyclists collect as they buy the latest must-have jersey or go faster shades. There must be shelves, even cupboards, full of unwanted kit that could go to this good cause. It needs to be clean and presentable and no bigger than medium size.
“With the Tour starting again, lots of people will be renewing kit and either putting old stuff away, or sending it to charity clubs. Please help our appeal by donating the stuff to us. It would also be great if cycling clubs in the area can spread the word about Matt’s project.”
To make donations contact Andy on 07968 506524 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about the appeal at: www.africakitappeal.com