Velokhaya was established as a non-profit organisation in 2004 to develop youth in the township of Khayelitsha, Cape Town through education and sport. Over 200 youths between the ages of 7 - 25 are currently registered for the free-of-charge program. Through the program, youths are not only encouraged to participate in various forms of cycling, including BMX riding, but the Academy also gives them access to a state-of-the-art ICT Centre, library, bicycle mechanic workshop, gymnasium, fully fledged kitchen/feeding scheme and recreational space for after school activities.
We've been involved with Velokhaya since 2019, sponsoring their Road, Elite and BMX team. Initially riding in FXTM colours, the teams switched to Exinity kit in 2022.
World Bicycle Relief (WBR) provide a purpose-built bike, the Buffalo Bike, to children, health care professionals and small business owners so that they can make journeys that would have previously been completed on foot more quickly and easily. The bike enables children to access education, health care workers to visit more patients and small business owners to expand their offering. WBR work very closely with community leaders to understand how bikes can make the biggest impact in their communities and to put programs in place that deliver sustainable benefits.
Our relationship with WBR, working with them to support a community in the Alego Usonga region of Kenya, began in 2022.