April 30, 2006
Bikes for Botswana
In an action based on the BikeTown Project a Canadian company is sending bicycles to the African country of Botswana.
A Canadian bicycle company is helping to get 200 bikes to African aid workers in a bid to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS.
"It was brought to our attention that a bicycle could enable an African health worker to travel farther and faster than they currently can by foot," said Bill Scullion, national sales manager for Shimano Canada.
"(One bicycle) provides HIV/AIDS prevention care and support to as many as eight times more people. We thought, 'Jeez, what a great opportunity for us to get involved with them and help them out by supplying them with some parts.' "
Scullion said he heard about the idea during a meeting with the Kona Bicycle Company and immediately wanted to help the project in the African nation of Botswana.
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