Matt Brammeier’s Appeal
What do pro cyclists Dan Martin, Daniel McClay, Lars van de Haar, Paul Voss and Rory Sutherland have in common? They are supporters of the Africa Kit Appeal of course.
Launched at the beginning of 2016, the Africa Kit Appeal is the brainchild of Aqua Blue Sport pro rider Matt Brammeier. The Irishman would often be staggered at the sheer amount of clothing and equipment he would receive and not use every year; surely there were others who would benefit from surplus and outdated kit?
Enter Adrien Niyonshuti, the well known Rwandan cyclist who is in an inspiration to many. Apart from his own cycling career, Adrien runs his own academy back in his homeland, the landlocked nation being hotbed for emerging cycling talent. Matt and Adrien became teammates at Team MTN-Qhubeka (now Team Dimension Data) in 2015 and the more Matt learnt about Adrien’s background, the more he became inspired to help make a difference.
Having already supported his own cycling club in a similar manner, Matt resolved to adjust his focus and distribute used kit and equipment to the needy. Now in its third year, the African Kit Appeal is continuing to provide inspiration to underprivileged kids who ride bikes in Africa. With drop off points located in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and Spain, the Africa Kit Appeal strives to make a difference in the lives of these kids by accepting kit and equipment donations big and small.