The Jubilee Ride 2013 has now clocked 31 days since 15 bikers were flagged-off at the Nakumatt Junction in Nairobi – in time for the celebration of Kenya’s 50 years of independence.
The 50-day, 13,000 KM epic bike ride set out to raise KES 15 million which would enable 50 students from needy families to go through high school education.
The last time the riders had just crossed into Namanga town on the Kenya-Tanzania border, heading south to Cape Town. The long and short of it is that on the 20th day of their journey, they managed to reach Cape Agulhas, at the southernmost tip of Africa and they were now embarking on the return journey to Kenya.
Most people think that the southern tip of Africa is the Cape of Good Hope, also known as the Cape of Storms – it is actually Cape Agulhas which is the true southernmost tip of Africa.
After a long and hard 1,000 KM ride across the sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert in the southern tip of Botswana in a day, the bikers finally entered the city of Livingstone in the south of Zambia, via the Kazungula border crossing on the Botswana-Zambia border – and they did it in style onboard a ferry. The town of Livingstone was, until 2012, the capital of the Southern Province of Zambia.
The money raised during this historic bike ride will go towards the Jubilee Scholarship Fund that the ride is named after. This fund will be used to put 50 needy students through high school. The original destination had been the land of the Pharaohs but due to the unrest in Cairo, it was changed to South Africa.
The brains behind the idea are reasoning like this – it costs KES 75,000.00 to educate one student through a year of high school. This covers their tuition, boarding, transport, facilitation and upkeep costs.
This brings the total cost to KES 300,000.00 to see 1 Jubilee scholar through 4 years in high school. Add 14 more scholars and you will need roughly about 15 million including other management costs. You too can be part of this worthy cause by supporting in whichever way you can. visit www.jubileeride.org to find out how.