These two high-profile cycling events have announced the continuation of their partnership with Qhubeka for 2023. Qhubeka is a high-profile and highly effective African social mobility charity. This support has already led to the distribution of over 1,500 Qhubeka bicycles to schoolchildren across South Africa.
Qhubeka is also one of the charities which will benefit from the new “School Solidarity – A Bicycle for All’ initiative. This initiative aims to teach children the best practices for riding a bicycle and also offer bicycles to underprivileged children.
Yann Le Moënner, the CEO of A.S.O. (the Amaury Sport Organisation organizes both races):
“The Tour de France, and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, have a responsibility which goes well beyond that of sporting competition, we amplify a message to promote bike use globally. We are convinced that this is important worldwide and mobility has to be encouraged by all means. Our long-term partnership with Qhubeka allows cycling to be put forward as part of the solution for young people in unfortunate circumstances. Cycling a path for the future is what drives us”.
This relationship is a key part of Tour de France’s ‘École Solidaire – Un Vélo pour Tous!’ campaign. This campaign aims, in 2023, to get over 100,000 school pupils across France on bicycles. To complement this, the Tour de France has committed significant funds to support Qhubeka’s ‘Scholar Mobility’ programme in southern Africa.
Anthony Fitzhenry, Qhubeka’s founder:
“The announcement of this continued partnership with the Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift is great news for us here at the Qhubeka Charity. It will allow us to continue to reach many people and move their lives forward through access to a bicycle. The bicycle really can change lives.”
In addition, there will be some significant fundraising campaigns for Qhubeka running during both 2023 Tour de France and Tour de France avec Zwift races. Follow their social media channels for more info.