BOOK IBHONI is a bicycle tour company with a real difference – one who makes a difference. The word “IBHONI” is township-slang for saying “a bicycle”.
Founded by Mpumelelo Mtintso, they offer discounted bicycle tours of Soweto to anyone who donates a book or two when they book their bicycle tour. Book Ibhoni then collects the books and donate them to community libraries. To date they have collected 2 000 books and 6 community libraries have benefited the books.
Once they have collected over 100 books they organize a community bicycle ride to donate the books. For example once they heard of a community library in need of books in Benoni and cycled 53km with books on their back packs to go deliver the books! Now that is some decent weight training:)
The BOOK IBHONI foundation also tries to uplift the youth of Soweto. According to Mpumulelo “We train with them every
Saturday morning. We cycle around Soweto and sometimes outside Soweto. We have been lucky to get the boys a swimming programme which will equip them with a life skill, which they can save a life one day. We have recently been invited to take part in Track Cycling sessions as well, learning how to race and basic cycling skills.” As is evident from their social pages the kids really love cycling!
They are currently in need of cycling kit donations or even old bicycles.
“We would love to get second hand kit from your great cause. We accept it with opens arms and heart.”