AKP Sends Bikes to Africa

AKP Sends Bikes to Africa
November 2018

Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP) Australia has successfully filled a container of secondhand bikes which is on its way to the AKP Duuma Wajane Bike Shop in Northern Tanzania.

After a month campaigning the initiative, A&K held bike collections over two weekends at the warehouse of Freight Logistics in Melbourne. Over 400 bikes were donated by generous residents of Melbourne and beyond with enthusiastic A&K staff members and friends preparing the bikes for shipping.

A&K Regional Managing Director Australia/Asia Pacific, Sujata Raman, was on duty with the team and expressed her delight with the result. “We have been overwhelmed with the support shown by Melbournians, some of whom travelled across the city to drop off bikes. Each bike donated had a story behind it. Our bike shop programme is transforming lives in the communities where they operate. Bikes allow mobility which means health care workers can see more patients, students can get to school, workers can get to work more easily, and families can carry more goods to and from home. In turn the women who run the operation earn an income enabling them to support their families. Our guests can experience these projects first hand when they visit the destination to see the difference being made.”

Amongst AKP’s 35 philanthropic projects worldwide, the Bike Shop Programme is a major focus. AKP supports the operations of bike shops in Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Uganda and Jordan and each bike shop employs five women.

This is AKP Australia’s second shipment, with the first going to Uganda from Western Australia.