The LumoHawk Foundation is a small non-profit charity organization which is now in the final steps of being formerly registered. It was started 3 years ago by Joel Stransky and Robbie Nilsen to raise funds for underprivileged children with a focus on educational and sporting needs.
It is the belief of all involved in managing this small charity that all children should grow up inspired and with a sense of hope, and an education is an important part of this process.
The focus remains the same today. The foundation assists a number of orphanages with the educational costs of the children as well as providing training for many of the "house Moms" in order for these special ladies to be able to begin the educational process of the young children at an early age. The Foundation also provides a few tertiary education bursaries and has assisted in one or two special needs cases.
The LumoHawk Foundation also assists in buying essentials for the kids, such as mattresses, clothing, blankets and even Christmas presents, when the need arises. Many of the children supported are AIDS orphans and in turn many, but not all, are HIV positive and are on anti-retroviral medication.
The foundation is run and managed by the directors and a couple of very special volunteers. This ensures that there are almost no administrative costs and all monies collected go directly to the worthy causes.
At Qhubeka we believe that when we give a bicycles to people who earned them, we are not just giving them a means of transportation but the gift of hope. This is one of reasons we chose the name "Qhubeka", an Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa) word that means "to carry on", "to progress" or "to move forward".
As World Bicycle Reliefs programme in South Africa, we believe in giving a hand-up not a hand-out. This is why we help people progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results.
Much of the population has limited access to reliable transport. People have to walk long distances to access opportunity, education, healthcare, shops and community services. Of 16 million school-going children in South Africa, 12 million walk to school. Of these, 500 000 spend four hours walking to and from school each day.
Bicycles are the most effective and economical method of quickly addressing this problem. Having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there.
Comment from Qhubeka Founder , Anthony Fitzhenry:
Anthony Fitzhenry, Qhubeka founder: "There are 12 million children walking to school in South Africa and we want to change that which is why we are delighted to be leveraging off Cape Rouleur as an official charity of their 2014 event. Our partnership is a great way for Qhubeka to show how we can work with cycling events to raise awareness about our work and mobilise people on bicycles."
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