Intrepid Travel isn’t just travelling to change the world, it’s cycling for the same purpose. The operator is taking part in the Melbourne to Namibia Challenge & is urging others in the industry to hop on.

The tour operator’s staff, at their Melbourne Head Office, have been in a spin recently – pedalling on an exercise bike to contribute to a campaign for Bicycles for Humanity.

The one day of cycling was part of a wider campaign through The Intrepid Foundation who are supporting the charity on their Melbourne to Namibia Challenge.

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Bicycles for Humanity collects fixable and forgotten bicycles, packs them into shipping containers, and brings them to Namibian communities in need. There, the containers are converted into bicycle workshops, providing training, employment and economic development for the local community. Bicycles do more than just shorten commutes: they empower local mechanics, make medical care accessible and bring people together.

For the month of March, The Intrepid Foundation is asking for individuals to support the cause and ride a minimum of 110km each, with the goal of hitting 11,000 km as a collective total, which is the distance of the shipping containers’ journey.

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Intrepid Travel co-founder Geoff ‘Manch’ Manchester spent 20 minutes sweating it out for the cause throughout the day.  With a constant stream of Intrepid staff contributing, they collectively rode 300km in just one day.

“It was fantastic to see so many Intrepid staff get in the spirit and jump on the bike – there were no spare spots for the entire day!” said Geoff ‘Manch’ Manchester.

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The exercise bike was loaned from Virgin Active for the day and the challenge will run for the rest of the month. By participating, cyclists can go in the draw to win a new bike, and a cycling trip in Vietnam with Intrepid Travel.

All funds raised go towards Bicycles for Humanity and Intrepid Travel will match each donation, dollar for dollar.

It’s not too late to sign up and ride 110km until the end of the month, click here to donate to the cause.

 

Join us in congratulating the Intrepid Travel team on this awesome effort.