Scicon introduce new saddlebag, the profits of which will go towards mobilising rural South African communities by bike
Profits from the sale of Scicon’s distinctive new yellow and black Qhubeka Scicon saddlebags will go towards mobilising people on bicycles in South Africa.
Qhubeka is a non-profit that provides bicycles to people in exchange for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Most of South Africa’s rural population has no access to transport and people have to walk long distances to access opportunity, education, healthcare, shops and community services.
Schoolchildren are particularly badly affected by lack of mobility. In South Africa, of the 16 million school going children, 12 million walk to school. Of these, 500,000 walk more than two hours each way, spending four hours getting to and back from school each day. Bicycles are the most effective and economical method of quickly addressing this problem.
“We feel honored to be able to take part in a meaningful program that helps changing people’s life’s. We have started sponsoring Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung in the 2013 season and it feels natural to go beyond our commitment with the team and to support the Qhubeka foundation directly with this project. We count on our global network of contacts to help us to raise funds and invite everyone to participate in this program,” says Christian Pearce, Sales & Marketing Manager of Scicon Technical Bags.
Qhubeka and Scicon were introduced by Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. Douglas Ryder, Team MTN-Qhubeka Principal says, “We’re constantly trying to look for practical ways to grow the Qhubeka brand and the saddle bag one seems so simple yet it’s so effect. All our riders use them and they’re always being quizzed about it so we’re excited about this product as we think it’s going to do really well in the market place. We’ve worked with Scicon over the last while as they supply us with a range of products and the quality of the product is world class.”
“Our partnership ensures that a percentage of Qhubeka Scicon Saddlebag sales are used to contribute to our Qhubeka programmes – reflecting how inter-linked the international cycling community is to empowering members of communities throughout South Africa,” says Anthony Fitzhenry, Founder of Qhubeka.
Qhubeka is an Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa) word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward”. Visit qhubeka.org for more info.
About Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung is Africa’s first ever UCI registered Professional Continental cycling team. The talented athletes in Team MTN- Qhubeka p/b Samsung race to build exposure for Qhubeka’s rural initiatives and ride to inspire potential new athletes within the community of Qhubeka bike recipients. To find out more visit teammtnqhubeka.com
SCICON Technical Bags is the leading manufacturer of premium bike bags for over 34 years. To find out more about SCICON please visit sciconbags.com