Best Pedal Forward for Charity as Children Raise Money for the Safari Simbaz Trust
It was a case of best foot forward at Hazlegrove recently when children aged 2 ½ to 7 pedalled and scootered for 45 minutes in their bid to raise as much money as possible for the Safari Simbaz Trust, the brainchild of David Kinjah, a former mentor to Chris Frome.
The aim of the Safari Simbaz Trust Charity is to empower children living in communities around Nairobi, Kenya, where a large number of children come from disadvantaged households. The charity offers the children the means to become self-sustaining individuals that are equipped for a successful future.
Nick Bourne, Director of Earthsports, Wincanton, is a Safari Simbaz Trustee, friend to David Kinjah and Hazlegrove parent. Nick said, ‘In 2013, I contacted Kinjah to invite him to join a cycling team I was putting together to set the fastest human powered crossing of the African Continent, from Cairo to Cape Town. His easy going attitude and belief that anything is possible struck a chord with me, we became friends, he invited me to join his project and he signed up for the team! Kinjah is an inspirational individual, having Captained the Kenyan Cycle Team, mentored Chris Froome as well as founding the Simbaz Charity. Even at the age of 43 he competed in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.’
Bourne has always felt a strong affinity with the country, his mother was born in Eldoret and he has family who live at the coast near Malindi. He continued, ‘For me personally cycling is more than having fun on a bike! We can use the power of the bike to instil characteristics and life skills which grow “champions” both on and off the bike. These include courage, strength, determination, discipline, dedication, teamwork and knowledge. Under the care of the Safari Simbaz, children are taught everything that relates to a bike…how to fix it, how to look after it, and how knowledge of the bike creates opportunities for jobs in the future, such as owning a bike shop, as a cycling instructor or bicycle safari guide. Being able to share the Simbaz project with schools in the UK is central to the future success of the Charity and we are excited to further develop a relationship with Hazlegrove and the projects in Kenya”.
Head of Pre-Prep, Miss Ellie Lee said, ‘It was really wonderful to see the enthusiasm with which the children set off on the ride, and we had some very little children taking part as well as our 7 year olds. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to such a great charity in a way in the children so greatly enjoy’.Published: June 11 2018