With #MasakaMonth here at G!RO over now, we wanted to stop and take a moment to thank everyone who got involved in our #MasakaMonth initiative in April. Thank you to everyone who pledged monthly support, contributed incredibly generous one off donations, engaged with the stories and shared the work they have been doing with friends, families and followers, it was amazing for us to see our community get behind it and see the momentum building at an incredible pace - something we are immensely proud to be a small part of!
We want to take this opportunity to share how that support over the month of April will help these guys and focus on the incredibly exciting projects they have upcoming that these new contributions will go directly to supporting, as we think it’s hugely important to share the impact this month and continued support will have on the Masaka Cycling Club community.
Key Short Term Goals for Masaka Cycling Club - From Increased Monthly Support
- Finishing the clubhouse. Funds Raised from Abdullah Zeinab’s world records attempt $24000 for 24hrs, have helped make completion a close reality.
- Furnish clubhouse with Zwift setups to enable better training and access to global racing platforms.
- Bring on coaching staff who can provide high level support for the riders chasing racing goals, that will play a large role building inspiration and hope for younger generations.
- Coaching staff to also undertake talent identification and development roles, particularly focussing on giving female athletes equal opportunities in the region.
- Monthly scholarships for identified talent. These rely on the monthly support and allow riders with huge potential to work fewer hours, focus on training and have the best chance of reaching their goals.
- New monthly scholarships for riders coming through the talent identification programme at a local level.
- Expanding the work to the Ugandan Capital of Kampala, pooling the best MCC athletes with other talent from the rest of Uganda and collaborating under one roof as part of a high performance studio, expanding the e-racing programme and racing nationally on the continent.
So as you can see, these generous contributions go a long way for these guys, and whilst these are all very tangible outcomes, the ripple effect they will have on the wider Masaka Cycling Club community are where the real impacts are seen. Not only does it allow more of them to reach their potential athletically, it inspires the club as a whole.
A clubhouse and community hub provides a place for the whole community to meet, share and support one another wherever they are in the cycling journey and whatever their background. The talent that is identified through these programmes can progress quicker than ever before, those achieving results on any stage will inspire others with their stories, and it provides a safe space for all to cycle together and equality to thrive, all of which grows the feeling of inspiration and hope within the community and provides a powerful momentum that is so important in regions and communities like Masaka.
And whilst #MasakaMonth may be over, our support for them and our avid following of their journey certainly isn’t. We intend to continue our support, we will run more initiatives, keep sharing their stories and look forward to following along as they begin to target some of these performance and talent based goals from their new clubhouse. We hope this insight makes everyone who got involved feel proud and empowers those who have maybe not heard much about the incredible Masaka Cycling club yet to seek out more information, hear some of their stories and maybe get involved in the journey themselves and pledge!
DONATE HERE: https://www.masakacyclingclub.com/
G!RO X MASAKA PODCAST: https://girocycles.com/pages/g-ro-podcasts
They are so so close. They 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
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.