2018’s Bike for Bibles was a huge success, raising just on $15K for the Bible Society Australia’s work improving literacy outcomes for African women and girls.
Since 2007, Illawarra Christian School has hosted a Bike for Bibles ride every year, making this the twelfth consecutive year we have put together a team. In that time, we are proud to have raised more than $150K for the Bible Society.
Our Bike for Bibles team
This year, our team comprised 46 riders, supported by seven road crew and six ‘foodies’ who kept us fed and watered along the way. As always, the team included a mix of people who represented the whole spectrum of life at ICS.
There were 28 students riding as part of the team (from year 6 to year 12), along with 7 staff members and 11 parents and family members. Our youngest cyclist was just 11 years old, and our oldest, a septuagenarian, riding with his granddaughter!
The ride left Canberra on Saturday 5th May, bound for Goulburn (approximately 120 kms away). Day 2 saw our riders travel from Goulburn to Bowral (90 kms), and on day 3 they made their way from Bowral back home to ICS (80 kms). The team was blessed with beautiful weather for their trip, which was largely without incident until the final day, when one of the parents in the team was injured in a fall.
Supporting our riders back at school
There was plenty of activity back at school too. As well as supporting our team by donating money ahead of the ride, our Kindergarten to Year 6 students took turns participating in a stationary ride on exercise bikes in the school COLA! Each class had a turn on the bikes and there were plenty of eager voices to cheer them on.
We welcomed our riders back to school on Monday with a mufti day. Students donated to the Bible Society’s project and enjoyed a sausage sizzle for lunch together. Activities at school alone on the Monday were successful in raising over $2600.
Our team arrived back at school at 2.30pm and the applause from the assembled school at the COLA was deafening! They rode a lap of honour and were presented with certificates by the principal, Mr Simon Lainson, and Year 5 teacher, Mr Geoff David, the organiser of the ride.
The aim—better literacy for African women
It’s a privilege to be able to contribute to the important work done by the Bible Society in increasing functional literacy for women and girls in eastern and southern Africa. A total of 16 minority languages have been chosen and the target audience is primarily non-literate women of child-bearing age. A secondary audience are girls who have never attended or have stopped attending school. The program will be implemented in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania. The estimated total effect of the program is to empower 40,000 women by equipping them with functional literacy by the end of 2020. You can read more information about the project, and continue to donate, at the Bible Society Australia.