Cameroon 2018

From 28 February till 7 March the Brussels Airlines biking team will cross in 5 biking days this country, which is known as "Africa in miniature", because it has so much to offer!

We have high ambitions for this 4th edition! Our aim is to raise not less than €200.000 that will be donated to Mercyships, one of our b.foundation partners (with smaller donations to two Belgian charities and one technical school in Foumbot, Cameroun). The Africa Mercy, the world's largest hospital ship, will lie at anchor in Douala, a perfect opportunity for the bikers' group to see the medical teams at work and actually meet the beneficiaries of their fundraising work.

Cameroon features French and English speaking portions, Muslim and Christian dominated regions, the tallest mountain in West Africa (Mount Cameroon) and terrain that includes rain forest, desert plains, mountains and high plateau. 

 

The accommodation will be partly hotels/lodges and partly camping. Be prepared for basic comfort (knowing that our experience learns us that these stay-overs are usually what people remember best!).

Training

You do not have to be an Olympic athlete to participate, however, a good physical condition and endurance is required. To assess your condition relative to the group, we organize a number of training sessions, some optional, some highly recommended as your commitment is absolutely necessary : joint trainings are not only fun and great to meet your fellow-bikers, but they give the coaches the chance to support you in your training efforts.

Scheduled dates so far are:

  • Saturday 13 May
  • Sunday 25 June
  • Sunday 27 August
  • Sunday 1 October
  • Sunday 19 November
  • Sunday 28 January

More practical info will follow (but please pencil the dates already now in your calendar).

 

In this 4th edition, we support following organisations

"Eindelijk” (Buggenhout)

The association "Eindelijk" in Buggenhout is a day care centre for 20 people with traumatic brain injury, that offers acrivities, social contact and permanent revalidation. To allow the residents to attend sports and other events they are in need of a minibus. Bike for Africa 2018 will financially support this purchase.

Foumbot

In the village of Foumbot, we will also be visiting the newly built technical school by our friends of Vélo Afrique, that can accommodate 700 pupils. A modest part of the collected funds will be used to financially support the further enlargement of the school with some new classrooms. 

Mercyships

Bike for Africa 2018 will financially support Mercyships, a b.foundation partner since 2010. The Africa Mercy, the world's largest hospital ship, will lie at anchor in Douala, a perfect opportunity for the bikers' group to see the medical teams at work and actually meet the beneficiaries of their fundraising work. Mercyships is an international organisation that sails with the largest private hospital ship (the "Africa Mercy") to African countries to provide free surgeries, treatments and trainings. Aboard more than 400 volunteers who pay their own travel and accommodation: doctors, nurses, engineers, farmers, construction workers, etc. From August 2017 till June 2018 the Africa Mercy will lie at anchor at the coast of Cameroon.

The funds raised by Bike for Africa will be used to support this 11-month mission in Cameroon. More details will be given shortly.

“Samarcande” (Etterbeek)

Samarcande is an association that provides support to children and their families who find themselves in problematic situations. To enable the children to take part in social activities, sport camps, cultural events etc. the association is in need of a vehicle. Bike for Africa 2018 will financially support this purchase.

 

Explore the Programme

  • 28 Feb: flight Brussels to Douala  - transfer to Melong
  • 1 Mar: acclimatisation day  - visit waterfalls Ekon - transfer to Bangangte 
  • 2 Mar: cycle from Bangangte to Bandjoun (45km - 1.223 height metres)
  • 3 Mar: cycle from Bandjoun to monastery in Koutaba (75km – rather flat) 
  • 4 Mar: cycle from Koutaba to Bangourain (75km, hilly)
  • 5 Mar: cycle from Bangourain to Petpenoun (75km, hilly)
  • 6 Mar: cycle loop in Petpenoun – visit school Foumbot  (60km) 
  • 7 Mar: transfer to Douala  - visit Mercyships - disassembly of the bikes - return flight to Brussels 

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