#MasakaMonth at G!RO

Racial, Gender & Disability Equality & Opportunities is what Masaka Cycling Club stands for, and its an honour to stand with them!

In the month of April, we're excited to be strengthening our community ties with the wonderful people of Masaka Cycling Club and launching the communities building communities campaign. As set out in our most recent podcast, starring Ross and Miiro from Masaka Cycling Club, we are aiming to build support and raise further donations from our community here at G!RO to support and expand the incredible and inspiring work within their community.

The Vision of Masaka is simple: To Use Cycling as a Vessel to offer opportunities to men and women of all ages and abilities the chance to be a part of a local community, learn new skills and become leaders in thier region.

Masaka is one of the poorest regions on the planet, and the work being done by Masaka Cycling Club is significant.

-Locally it is offering equal opportunities for girls to compete in sport where this had previously been not accepted and only accessible to males.

-Children and adults born with disabilities are for the first time being given opportunities to access sport.

- The high level of coaching is opening up a legimate avenue for these riders to compete in elite level racing across Uganda and internationally. having recently partnered with Team Amani, there is now opportunities to see these young men and women given the potential to race here in Europe, and hopefully one day enter into the Pro Peloton of the World Tour.

- All of these areas are having an impact on a society level, and on an indiviual level, offering hope where there was none.

Over April, we're aiming to keep you all updated with progress towards our goals laid out in the most recent podcast, as well as posting regularly about what the crew over in Uganda are getting up to and hopefully joining them for a few virtual rides this month and beyond via the magic of Zwift. Please go give these guys a follow, check out their website, follow their journey and where possible, support them by spreading the word, sharing their story and donating.

100% of your donations go to Masaka. So far the donations have paid for the building of a clubhouse for the team and riders. Staff to run the club and admin of all races and travel. And excitingly can offer the opportunity for some of the riders to have a scholarship program to see them educated whilst continuing to train at a high level.

Join us this month is stepping up your support of this amazing cycling club, and help reach our Goals for APRIL:

 SUPPORT MASAKA FOR AS LITTLE AS ONE COFFEE A MONTH!!

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $AUD20,000 per annum. 200 x $10.00 Recurring Monthly Donations. If this goal is exceeded the funds will be used to purchase top grade race bicycles rather than rely upon kind equipment donations. 200 Cycling Fans the world over will have the opportunity to give back and be involved in an incredible initiaitive.

PERFORMANCE GOAL: The club is fortunate enough to already have a group of elite quality riders plus 40 other hard working club male and female members with enormous potential. One rider is the 2016 Uganda National Champion. It is not unreasonable to expect this club to produce a professional level cyclist in the very near future. Our goal will be to create a pathway to a UCI Continental level roster……then it will be up to the rider to perform and express their elite talents to the world.

- G!RO Community collectively pledge £250 of monthly donations

- Raise awareness for the incredible Masaka Cycling Club and tell their story!

- First 10 monthly donations of £10 a month eligible for free Masaka Cycling Club jersey (as per our most recent podcast)

DONATE HERE: https://www.masakacyclingclub.com/

G!RO X MASAKA PODCAST: https://girocycles.com/pages/g-ro-podcasts

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MASAKA CYCLING CLUBHOUSE UPDATE

We are so so close. We are trying to keep the Construction Company on site to finish off all the finishing touches. We are a little short of funds and sending bits & pieces over when we receive it from kind donors to keep it ticking over. It is fair to say we are crawling to the finish line. Material Items outstanding are as follows:1. Perimeter Fence for Security (Priority)2. Connection of Electricity, Water & Wifi (Priority)3. Guttering and Water Tank for Water Harvesting.4. Painting internally and externally (Priority)5. CCTV for Security.6. Internal Furniture.7. Tile installation in all rooms (Priority) The guest Accomodation will need to be built at a later date as our focus will switch to setting up the lounge for the Zwift Academy and upcoming cycling programs.  

LISTEN TO LATEST MASAKA PODCAST EPISODES, LIKE OUR RECENT UPDATE EPISODE FROM ROSS AND THE EPISODE MIKEL DELAGRANGE FROM AMANI PROJECT HERE

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SUPPORT MASAKA FOR AS LITTLE AS ONE COFFEE A MONTH!!

G!RO recently partnered with Ross Burrage from The Hidden Athlete Podcast to send over some cycling kit to Uganda to support the Masaka Cycling Club. Its an amazing initiative that we are proud and humbled to support in some small way, and you can support too. 

This project was created for Cycling Fans around the world to engage and mobilise some of the best male and female cyclists in Uganda. These athletes just happen to be born and based in the South, yet do not have access to equipment or opportunity due to their extreme level of poverty. This project may appear to be a Cycling Club on the surface, however, it is the underlying humanitarian elements that motivate donors the world over.

Masaka Cycling Club is located in the Masaka District approximately 3 hours drive South of the Ugandan Capital Kampala. The South of Uganda is a very poor region and sport in Masaka is quite suppressed in comparison to the opportunity that exists in Kampala and other East African Nations.

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $AUD20,000 per annum. 200 x $10.00 Recurring Monthly Donations. If this goal is exceeded the funds will be used to purchase top grade race bicycles rather than rely upon kind equipment donations. 200 Cycling Fans the world over will have the opportunity to give back and be involved in an incredible initiaitive.

PERFORMANCE GOAL: The club is fortunate enough to already have a group of elite quality riders plus 40 other hard working club male and female members with enormous potential. One rider is the 2016 Uganda National Champion. It is not unreasonable to expect this club to produce a professional level cyclist in the very near future. Our goal will be to create a pathway to a UCI Continental level roster……then it will be up to the rider to perform and express their elite talents to the world.

Please join us at G!RO & get behind this amazing project!! Donation Link Below. SUPPORT MASAKA FOR AS LITTLE AS ONE COFFEE A MONTH!!

Or support them via their Jersey fundraiser and rep the incredible Masaka Cycling club kit wherever you are in the world - MASAKA JERSEY FUNDRAISER.

Instagram: 

Masaka Cycling Club 

Hidden Athlete Project 

Website:

https://www.masakacyclingclub.com/

http://thehiddenathlete.com.au/masaka-cycling-club/

Listen:

G!RO Podcast with Ross Burrage


THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT

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