Ugandan girl’s joy - new bicycle from Hailsham charity

A TEENAGE GIRL from Uganda ‘shrieked with joy’ when she was given a new bike by a Hailsham charity.

Tabitha Namataka aged 16, from Kabubbu in Uganda, was given the bicycle by The Quicken Trust with Southern Water.

“It will be so good” she said, “now I can spend more time at school working on my studies because I will take less time to get home before it gets dark.”

She had a 45 minute walk each way to school every day which is now reduced to a 15 minute bike ride.

Worthing based Southern Water has sponsored the bike through Hailsham based educational charity, Primary Concern Africa. PCA works through Quicken Trust in Kabubbu, Uganda to help children there get to school and has already supplied 20 bikes to the Kabubbu Community Primary School and a range of educational equipment for the biology department at Trust High School.

Southern Water is the first corporate sponsor of a bike for a student at one of Kabubbu’s two schools. Other corporate sponsors are expected to follow.

PCA and Quicken Trust first met at the ‘Bike Ride for Uganda 2010’ event in Hailsham in July last year.

Steve McAuliffe, PCA Director, said: “We have been looking for a charity to work with that meets our criteria of supporting children’s education in Africa and committing the maximum value of a gift to the point-of-need. Quicken Trust is the ideal partner for us. We are delighted to be working with them.”

Kevin Buck, who organises Southern Water’s charity sponsorship, said: “When Steve told us about his charity we were impressed with what he and Quicken Trust have been achieving and proud to be the first corporate sponsor. It’s clear from talking to him that something as simple as a bike can have a massive effect on people’s lives in Africa so we hope more companies will follow suit and get involved.’

Geoff Booker, founder of Quicken Trust, presented the bike in Southern Water corporate colours at the Kabubbu Community Bicycle Workshop to Tabitha on his visit in March. “It was such a

wonderful moment when Tabitha received her bike. Children in Kabubbu highly value their education. To be able to provide a bike so that Tabitha can get to and from school more easily gives her more time for her studies. This will give her greater hope for her future. Helping these children is one of the delights of what we do.”

PCA and Quicken Trust would like to hear from any other companies that would like to help in this simple but effective way to provide greater hope to these children. Details from Steve McAuliffe at bikes@primaryconcernafrica.org or by phone: 07717801239