A group of Waltham Forest teenagers (and some of their parents) will be cycling a 20 mile round route from Walthamstow to the heart of Epping Forest, raising money for solar lamps for fellow school students in South Africa. The 13 year olds will be setting off on Sunday 16th October on behalf of charity Waltham Forest Thuso in South Africa. The money raised will help bring safe and affordable lighting to pupils and their families at Lobethal primary school in rural Limpopo and Thuto Lesedi secondary in Gauteng near Johannesburg.
Up to 40% of South Africans still use highly-flammable and toxic kerosene for heating, lighting and cooking. But the new generation of solar lights – like those we will send – are cheap and reliable and can be used to charge phones as well as provide lighting. The lamps enable children to study after dark and provide a safe form of lighting when electricity supplies fail during power cuts.
Sponsor Ryan, Rafet and friends on their solar powered ride here.