The first Bike for Burundi Tour since Covid took place in June, as six intrepid riders undertook a huge 100km per day, 49,000ft elevation, seven-day marathon of cycling. The fantastic headline is that they collectively raised over £40,000 for our transformational work in Burundi!
Though the hills were steep, they enjoyed stunning views of the lush, green Burundian landscape. When they weren’t in the saddle, they stopped off to visit the source of the River Nile, multiple projects run by our wonderful partners, tea plantations, waterfalls, the famous Burundian drummers and more. A group of Westerners on bikes is also a rather unusual sight in this part of the world, so they would often have local children running alongside them and coming up to say hello during rest breaks. Travelling this way allows you to take in the sights, smells and sounds of the nation more deeply than from a car – the best way to see Burundi is on a bike!
We are so grateful to Jenny, Kevin, Rachel, Brian, Jon and Simon for their efforts and to everybody who sponsored them to raise such a huge amount. The money goes such a long way in Burundi, and it is more needed now than ever!
You meet wonderful people by the side of the road – they are pretty inspiring!Jenny
As the world faces supply chain issues and price increases, sadly it is generally the poorest nations who bear the brunt and Burundi is right at the bottom, currently listen by the World Bank as the poorest nation* on earth. Fuel is extremely hard to get hold of, making it difficult for people to reach their places of work and earn money, plus food prices have shot up globally.
The money raised through this trip will help to bring about transformation in many lives through our health clinics, community agriculture projects, schools, sanitary pad provision for girls, homes and help for widows, street-connected children outreach, Bible distribution, training centres (that enable young women to leave the demeaning cycle of prostitution), and so many more vital initiatives.
I’m 60 years old – it’s something you can do because if I can do it so can you! It’s amazing!Jon
Perhaps you’re a keen cyclist and would like to be part of fundraising to bring transformation to Burundi? We are accepting bookings for Bike for Burundi 2023! Find out more and download the brochure here.
*Correct at time of writing. Source: World Bank GDP Per Capita