Brian Moonga, World Bicycle Relief’s Zambia Country Director, recently rode more than 500 km in Zambia – from Lusaka to Livingstone – over just six days.
As students returned to school this fall, Brian wanted to celebrate the more than 56,000 youth across Zambia who had a safe and quick way to class through The Power of Bicycles – all thanks to your continued support.
What better way to do so than riding across Zambia to visit students, teachers and their communities who have benefited from mobility?
On Sept. 11, Brian embarked on his journey from Lusaka. Read on for an excerpt of his ride to Livingstone!
DAY 4 – PEMBA to CHOMA
On this section of my ride, I had no school to visit. It was the hilliest part of the ride and as I conquered the third and highest peak … bang! My derailleur broke!!
I had to walk 11 km to Batoka to buy a single-speed chain. After fixing it, I proceeded to Choma in single speed!
This seems to have been designed to remind me of the long journeys that children walk to school.
I rested on Saturday.
Early Sunday morning, I embarked on fixing the broken derailleur. The replacement part that had been shipped from Lusaka was a wrong fit. I had to apply to the village engineering to cut it to size.
Mr. Diaphord Shamasamu – a teacher from Livingstone – arrived in Choma to render support up to Livingstone. Mr. Shamasamu had ridden 1000 km on a campaign against gender violence.
On Sunday evening, we were featured on the radio, where Mr Shamasamu expressed gratitude from a teacher’s perspective. He indicated how stressful it is to handle a class of tired pupils.
Brian used his ride to mobilize even more students, with a goal to fund another 10 Buffalo Bicycles. With your contributions, he’s raised more than $2,000. And thanks to the incredible generosity of the Saks Kavanaugh Foundation, all donations up to $4,000 will be matched 1:1!
A big shout out, as well, to those who supported Brian with the gear for his ride:
- Oveja Negra (bikepacking gear)
- Evoc USA (hydration pack)
- Pro Cycling Colorado Springs (bike shoes)
- Crankbrothers (pedals)
- Renee Lockey (GoPro)
- Pactimo (jersey)
Thank you to all who supported Brian’s ride! What an incredible way to celebrate The Power of Bicycles!
There’s still time! Help Brian reach his goal now and your gift will be matched.