As part of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day 2017, six celebrities joined a convoy of supplies from Nairobi to Kadama in Uganda. En route, they picked up Buffalo Bicycles from the World Bicycle Relief assembly facility in Kenya to distribute to healthcare workers in need of reliable transportation. The convoy was filmed as part of Red Nose Day 2017 and will be shown on BBC 1 on Thursday 23rd March at 9pm.
Reggie Yates and Michaela Coel had a chance to ride the Buffalo Bicycles before being part of the presentation to the Kadema Widows Association. After speaking to Beatrice one of the community health workers Reggie said:
“To know that Beatrice is able to get here in an hour as opposed to the two or three she would spend walking is unbelievable and the difference that something as small as a bicycle is making has been made really clear to me.”
As part of the distribution, local mechanics were trained by World Bicycle Relief staff to ensure the bicycles keep rolling for as long as possible. One of the mechanics was Alice, a 43-year-old widow and mother of two, who joined Kadema Widows Association. When she heard 100 bicycles were about to be placed into their program due to Comic Relief, Alice signed up to the training. Read more about Alice’s story.
Buffalo Bicycles are used by a number of partner organisations to ensure healthcare workers can visit more patients. Find out what makes Buffalo Bicycles the best way to mobilise communities in rural Africa.