The Mike’s Bikes Foundation donates bicycles and accessories to CITW Eco-Clubs – Handover event in Maun, Botswana

Once again, Children in the Wilderness (CITW) Botswana has received bicycles and cycling equipment from The Mike’s Bike Foundation. The last donation was made in 2015 where they donated 24 bikes. On the 8th of October, Ken Martin, the CEO of Mike’s Bikes, came through to the Wilderness Safaris offices in Maun to handover the donation of 30 bicycles to Lesh Moiteela, our CITW Programme Manager in Botswana.

A huge thank you goes to The Mike’s Bikes Foundation for this wonderful donation to CITW. We would also like to thank Transport Holdings for generously transporting the bikes from Gaborone at absolutely no cost to us.

With eight Eco-Clubs, each with roughly 30 children participating in our weekly programme, we have decided that all the participating schools run a competition to decide where the 30 bicycles will go. All Eco-Club members are encouraged to participate, and the brief is to make a bicycle out of recyclable material (old tyres, cloth, bottles, tins, wood, plastic, wires, rubber etc.). In order to promote and bring to life the essence of 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), and to support of one of Children in the Wilderness’ strategic goals and objectives – to: Enhance local levels of education by supporting an enabling environmental projects, we thought this was the best way to distribute the bikes.

A child will present to the judges the following;

  1. Describe how the bike is made, i.e. what material they have used and why.
  2. Bicycle should not be more than 30 cm length
  3. Height should not exceed 15 cm
  4. Creativity is encouraged to be executed by each member.

The winning two Eco-Club members from each of the participating schools will be awarded a bicycle. Watch this space to see who won the bikes 🙂

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