From Uganda to Cape Town ON A BIKE!


Mark McNamara spent a few days at Augusta on his bicycle journey through the heart of Africa raising funds for orphaned & vulnerable children. He is cycling through 10 countries from Uganda to Cape Town, South Africa. He is assisting Keep the Dream 196, a community-based charity using mentoring programmes to advance employment generation, poverty reduction and social integration at a grassroots level. Australian koala, Katie Dee, has come along for the ride. She is cycling with Mark along the entire BIKE AFRICA route. Katie is an inspiration for all of us to ‘get out of our tree’ to reach out to others.

More than 50 members of Kampala Cycling escorted Mark and Katie Dee on Day One of the ride. Kampala Cycling use the power of sport to effect behavioural change and enhance healthy community development in Uganda.

BIKE AFRICA and Kampala Cycling are making a gesture of solidarity for the children of Keep the Dream 196 and all children who need support to achieve their dreams.


BIKE AFRICA is assisting Keep the Dream 196, an organisation supporting some of the 1.5 million children orphaned as a result of HIV in South Africa. Keep the Dream 196 is a community-based charity using mentoring programs to provide better care for orphans and vulnerable children. Mentors guide children in making decisions that build a brighter future. Through teaching independence, responsibility and resilience, this program advances employment generation, poverty reduction and social integration at a grassroots level.


Two thousand adventurous souls from Australia and South Africa are embarking on an epic, 7000 kilometre, virtual journey through Africa to demonstrate solidarity for children who struggle to achieve their dreams. Teams accumulate kilometres by cycling, running or walking to match the distance being cycled by Mark McNamara and Katie, the cycling koala.

RACE ACROSS AFRICA team ‘locations’ are plotted along the BIKE AFRICA route map according to cumulative distances they have achieved. Teams follow their progress through Africa and compare their position with other teams on the evolving map.

View the map here.

Participants are working together to achieve an ambitious goal and are benefitting from the physical exercise involved in completing the task. Rafiki Jean De Dieu Uwimana, a champion cyclist from Team Rwanda, spoke of his involvement in cycling and gave his encouragement to RACE ACROSS AFRICA participants.