02 Feb PPA project funding: Applications are now open
“We believe in putting money received from cycling, back into cycling,” says PPA’s chairman, Steve Hayward. “The Pedal Power Association is, along with the Rotary Club of Claremont, a beneficiary of the Cape Town Cycle Tour,” he explains. “In this way we use funds received from the Cycle Tour to fund various cycling initiatives that tie in with our Constitution.”
Over the last few years, these have included more than 120 small and large projects – from funding bicycles and helmets for kids to cycle instead of walk to school, to building mountain bike trails and BMX tracks, funding initiatives aimed at disabled cyclists, various ‘safe cycling’ initiatives and more. Funding is generally aimed at supporting communities rather than individual cyclists.
Founded in 1976, the PPA is a Public Benefit Organisation committed to promoting cycling and the interests of cyclists. It is the largest Association of its kind with 18,000 paid-up members and counting. Its mission includes the following objectives:
- promoting cycling as a recreational activity, a sport and/or as a means of transportation;
- improving conditions for cyclists, with particular regard to their safety;
- arranging and organising cycle tours, fun rides and outings.
Recreational cycling, development through cycling and advocacy are among the PPA’s priorities.
Other than looking after the rights of cyclists, the PPA’s biggest focus remains the development of cyclists in previously disadvantaged areas. These projects not only include commuting-related initiatives, but also cycling skills development and assisting cyclists to attend events on the PPA funride calendar. The development of junior cyclists in particular is where the largest portion of funding is spent. Cyclists to have benefitted from PPA funding include Luthando Kaka, as well as MTN-Qhubeka’s climber Songezo Jim, both from the PPA-supported Velokhaya Life Academy.
PPA is proud of its significant contribution to cycling in South Africa and will continue to make a difference wherever it can.
- The Association has opened applications for project funding for the 2015-2016 financial year, with funding being available from 1 July 2015. Applications must be received by 25 March 2015. Email us for an application form.