Rider Fundraising Champion
Tour d’Afrique Ltd is pleased to congratulate Markus Widmann, a full-tour cyclist on the 2007 Tour d’Afrique Bike Race/Expedition! Not only did Markus complete the entire route but he managed to raise an astounding $140,000US for the German branch of ChildFund International (http://www.childfundinternational.org/).
This branch is involved in building 6 schools in the Mumbwa district of Zambia. In addition to the schools, they construct houses for the teachers, encouraging them to stay in the area. ChildFund is also building 6 local mills, thereby reducing the distance people have to walk to bring their grain to be processed. The revenue from the mills is to be used to cover the school fees of poorer children in the district, who would otherwise be unable to attend classes.
In fact, Markus raised so much money that the organization was able to add HIV/AIDS prevention and youth activities programmes. You can see Markus as he visits the project and his sponsored child Rachael while on the Tour d’Afrique
Tour d’Afrique encourages riders on all their expeditions to use the opportunity to raise funds for a worthy cause. It does take a little effort but the results can be very rewarding!!