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Bike for Africa heads to Gambia

Nov 12, 2015, 4:39 PM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

Bike for Africa will hold a weeklong cycling in The Gambia as part of efforts to diversify tourist products by introducing new ones to make The Gambia one of the best destinations for tourists to visit.

Ousainou Senghor, director of finance and administrative at the Gambia Tourism Board (GTBoard), said the cycling is scheduled for 27 January - 3 February 2016.

Speaking at a press briefing held at a hotel in Kololi on Wednesday, Mr Senghor said the board is making all efforts to develop the products in The Gambia to make the country a world leading tourist destination.

He said they are partnering with Brussels Airlines to promote Bike for Africa.

The GTBoard official said the proceeds of the cycling show will be used to support health facilities, particularly maternity units, by proving equipment, medicines and capacity building.

Kevin Constant, Brussels Airlines country manager for The Gambia, said the company is passionate about Africa, adding that the continent holds a special place in their hearts.

“This is why the company created Bike for Africa foundation in 2010 as a social responsibility programme to give a helping hand to NGOs and humanitarian projects that have the same passion for Africa as we do,” he said.

Mr Constant said Bike for Africa’s 2016 target is to raise 150,000 pounds for humanitarian projects in The Gambia.Also, Brussels Airlines in cooperation with Horizons Clinic intends to support five maternity units for a period of five years by providing medical equipment, trainings, among others.

“By doing so, we hope to contribute to the reduction of child mortality in The Gambia so that every child has the opportunity to start a beautiful life,” he said.

Some other key partners for the Bike for Africa 2016 in The Gambia include West Africa Cycling Tours, Brefet Camp, and Senegambia Beach Hotel.