The African Cycling Foundation (ACF), a Lagos-based social enterprise, donated bicycles to 6 students of Ibeju Senior High school, Lagos on Wednesday. The male and female students were given the bicycles to cut short their long daily treks to and from school due to the considerable distance of their homes to the school.
During the brief presentation ceremony at the school, the ACF Founder and President, Mr Yemi Osilaja, reiterated his foundation’s sustainable commitment to enabling indigent students in rural areas achieve their academic potentials. “Millions of students in rural Africa are deprived of vital access to education or perform below their potential, simply because of the considerable distances they have to walk to and from school every day in all weather conditions. ACF seeks to change this by providing them with sturdy bicycles”, he concluded.
The school principal, Mrs Omolola Hassan, expressed her tremendous delight at ACF’s donation. “We are extremely grateful for these bicycles that will transform the lives and school performances of our students. We are especially happy because this is the 2nd time the foundation is blessing our school with these bicycles, after donating a bike to one of our girls last year. The student, Olayinka Adebowale, improved greatly in her academic performance and has been really enjoying the bicycle. We hope for even more bikes for our students”.
Osilaja further stated his foundation’s goal of donating up to 200 bicycles in 2018 under their Ride to School program to needy students in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja. The presentation ceremony was attended by a representative of Lagos State Education District 3 who supervised the selection of beneficiaries done by the school. Other attendees included Chief S. O. Lateef who represented the Onibeju of Ibejuland, parents of the beneficiaries and other students of the school.
The African Cycling Foundation is a social enterprise that aims to transform lives via the bicycle. It is focused on enabling people to change their circumstances and optimise their potentials by providing mobility. Its Ride to School program seeks to empower students across Nigeria with free bicycles acquired through support from its growing community of regular givers.