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Donate Your Old Cycling Kit to ‘Africa Rising’ Charity

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If you have an old cycling kit that you no longer wear, instead of relegating it to the heap, please consider donating it to Dimension Data’s Matt Brammeier’s ‘Africa Rising’ project.

The goal of Brammeier’s project is to provide cyclists in Africa who don’t have the luxury of a decent cycling jersey or a pair of padded shorts, by asking cyclist to pass on their unwanted that still has some life in it. 

Whether it’s a helmet, shoes, a jersey or shorts, you can drop your items off at one of the locations below, with more locations will be added.

You can also check out Brammeier’s blog for more information at: https://mattbrammeier.wordpress.com/Africa-rising-kit-appeal/

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from Matt Brammeier…

When I first started cycling there where 3 of us in the house riding bikes. Cycling kit, shoes, helmets & glasses etc were pretty scarce. One of my dads mates gave me a bright orange rain jacket one winter, I loved it. It was made from some fancy hi tech material, had fluorescent stripes down the side & (I thought) looked pretty cool. It made me want to ride my bike every day. Wind, rain, snow or 25 degree heat, I always wore that jacket.

Since those days I always took great pride in my kit. After signing my first professional contract I couldn’t believe how much cycling gear I was given. Every year, bags upon bags of clothing would be sat at the back of my wardrobes. Some brand new, some used only once or twice. I sometimes used to get angry we where given such an excess of kit. I had to find a use for it, so I started sending bags back to my old cycling club. This was cool, getting this stuff to kids like me who wanted a bit of extra kit to get them going. Cool, but what would be even cooler would be to get this stuff who didn’t want it, but NEEDED it.

After I joined Mtn Qhubeka in 2015 I was lucky enough to meet Adrien Niyonshuti. I quickly learned a bit about him & his background. Where he came from, where he got too, how much raw talent he had and just what an amazing person he is. Every time I got my race program through and saw Aidys name on the list it brought a smile to my face. He’s the biggest inspiration imaginable.

As soon as I learned of the Adrien Niyonshuti cycling academy in Rwanda, this idea smacked me right in the face.

So now here we are, long story short I’m trying to empty your clogged up wardrobes, draws and garages and give a little inspiration to these young kids that ironically inspire me so much.

We are looking for any cycling gear that’s in a presentable condition. Shoes. Helmets. Glasses. Etc. Etc. We ask that you try your best not to send anything useless like odd socks / arm warmers etc 🙂

Clothing drop off points we have confirmed so far are below. We are hoping to add a few more locations onto this list in the near future so keep checking for updates.

Ireland

Paul Fitzsimons – paul@fitzcycles.ie
Fitzcycles.ie
Old Church Road
Lower Kilmacud Road
Stillorgan
County Dublin

The Edge Sports Superstore – info@theedge-sports.com
Kinsale Road Commercial Centre
Kinsale Road
County Cork

Marrey Bikes – info@marreybikes.com
Watson’s Land, Ballinrobe
Co Mayo

Downey Cycles – Seandowney10@hotmail.co.uk
33 Parkrow Road
Dromore
BT25 1DP
United Kingdom

McConvey Cycles – Eamon Mcconvey – eamon@mcconveycycles.com
183 Ormeau Road,
Belfast
BT7 1SQ

United Kingdom

Giant Store Camden -Nick Freilich – info@giant-camden.co.uk
75 Kentish Town Road
Kentish Town,
London
NW1 8NY

Quinns Bike Centre – Steve Webster – webby29@hotmail.co.uk
385, 379 Edge Lane,
Liverpool
L7 9LQ

Lutterworth Cycle Centre– Robert Orr – info@lutterworthbikes.com
1b George Street
Lutterworth
LE17 4EG

Spain

Girona Cycle Centre – Dave Walsh- info@gironacyclecentre.com
Carrer Mercaders 14,
Girona 17004
Girona

 

 

 

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