The weather was perfect and what a sight – 70 children from age 2½ – 7 with their bikes, trikes and scooters!
Hazlegrove parent Nick Bourne, who in 2015 completed a record breaking Cairo to Cape Town cycle ride in just 38 days for World Bicycle Relief, inspired the children, explaining about the work of David Kinjah one of Africa’s most successful cyclists. David has had a hugely successful cycling career which has included mentoring multiple Tour de France winner Chris Frome, captaining the Kenyan National Team and winning countless races both in Europe and in Africa. He believes that cycling has given him so much that, for the past 15 years, he has dedicated himself to reducing poverty through the power of the bike.
The Safari Simbaz Educational Centre utilises cycling as a means for children in disadvantaged communities in Kenya, to build self-esteem, learn new skills and become empowered with knowledge that can sustain them economically in the future.
Nick created a fun obstacle course on the all-weather pitch for the children to negotiate, including cones to weave in and out of, hurdles to go underneath and even a see-saw for the more proficient cyclists to go over! For the more confident cyclists, there was also an exciting cross country trail through the Hazlegrove woods. It was all great fun and raised over £200 for Safari Simbaz.
A huge thank you to Nick and also to all the parents for supporting the event and bringing the children’s bikes into school.
Hazlegrove PrePrep children are happy children…