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On the last Wednesday of 2011 we will have our End Of Year Celebration.
We will be loading our 6th container of the year with bikes, books and education resources for African schools.

And the highlights of 2011 which we will be celebrating include...

  1.   Launching Badge-A-Bike : our Virtual Gift to support bikes4Africa
      Connecting our Learning Development Centre in The Gambia to the World Wide Web
      Running our first Teacher Development Workshops for Gambian teachers
      Holding our first My Bike Jumble : these will now be held every month
      Gaining the support of journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow
      A visit from Jim Moulson, President, Rotary International Britain and Ireland [RIBI]
      Loading our Silver Jubilee Container in July [that was our first 25 containers away!]

So, if you’d like to take a well-earned break from the effort of eating mince pies and watching TV, why not come and join us at the Container Loading? [Between eating more mince pies, and raising a glass or two, we might have you loading a few bikes too.]

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Another special bike gets loaded

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We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Badge-A-Bike Virtual Gift.

As well as an ethical gift, Badge-A-Bike is an opportunity to directly transform a child’s life.

Your PERSONAL message is placed on a badge.
The NUMBERED badge is affixed to a bike.
The bike is delivered to a NAMED school in Africa.

Badge-A-Bike is a special and simple Gift for a Birthday, Anniversary or Christmas

To change a child's life costs just £60 

This exciting new initiative is supported by journalist and broadaster Jon Snow 

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Thank you so very much to the anonymous supporter who recently made a charitable gift of £500 to jole rider.
It is gifts just like this which enable jole rider to continue to help African children access education and reach their potential.
This is the way to create tomorrow’s teachers, doctors, nurses, researchers, journalists – the people who will find Africa’s own solutions to its problems.

“These kids... they are the future of Africa. It is they who will change their countries, they who will change their continent. Not us, but them.
But we can do our bit to help them.”
Jon Snow, journalist and presenter



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Poor literacy is almost more damaging than poverty, as the London Evening Standard pointed out recently.
Its effect on lives and job prospects can be devastating.

Being able to read well is crucial to African children. Without good literacy skills, they will struggle in lessons, and even more in exams. Not having books to read badly affects their confidence and self-esteem, as well as education achievement.

Well, the pupils at St John's First School and Blaise Primary School have done something small to help with this big problem. The schools held Story Book Days, and each pupil brought one or two of their own books to school to give to us to give to schools in The Gambia. The children chose books they’d enjoyed reading knowing that the book’s new readers would also like the stories.

At St John’s the pupils added their own artwork on the bookplates they put inside the books.
At Blaise the children wrote messages about why they liked the books.

Thank you, George – for organising Story Book Day at St John’s – and Rebecca and Katie for helping with the event at Blaise.

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