ITEC & Oasis Launch a Static Bike Challenge from Bristol to Uganda

5th October 2016

We’re backing a challenge which sees pupils from 8 Oasis Academies cycle the distance from Bristol to Uganda to raise funds for a new IT container classroom in Uganda.

The pupils are attempting to ride 7,402 km on static bikes and hope to raise £7,402 – or £1 a km – to help fund the container classroom for Oasis Uganda. The new school is located in an area where just 10 per cent of young people move on to secondary education.

Former Olympic runner Derek Redmond was at the launch and rode the first kilometre, along with Oasis Academies Chief Operating Officer John Barneby and ITEC Chief Executive Nick Orme.

We’ve donated £10,000 to buy and transport the container and we now need to help Oasis raise just over £7,000 to fully kit the container with equipment and get it up and running before Christmas.

Itec Group have joined forces with Oasis Academies to raise funds for a new IT classroom at the Oasis Academy in Musoto, Uganda. Olympic athlete Derek Redmond and Oasis Chief Operating Officer John Barneby joined ITEC chief executive Nick Orme at John Williams Oasis Academy in cycling the first kilometers of the 7,402 being ridden at eight Oasis Academies to raise £7402.

Itec Group have joined forces with Oasis Academies to raise funds for a new IT classroom at the Oasis Academy in Musoto, Uganda. Olympic athlete Derek Redmond and Oasis Chief Operating Officer John Barneby joined ITEC chief executive Nick Orme at John Williams Oasis Academy in cycling the first kilometers of the 7,402 being ridden at eight Oasis Academies to raise £7402.

Our colleagues will travel to Uganda in January to help install and configure the equipment with the pupils’ charity efforts paying for local tradesmen to fit out the classroom and build solar panels to power the technology.

Our chief executive Nick Orme said: “We have been a supplier to Oasis for eight years and work with the academies in lots of different ways.

“When we heard what Oasis wanted to do – take a container classroom to an area with now power or internet connection – we decided it was an exciting opportunity with which to get involved.

“It is a massive project, but we fully intend to create a technological environment, help train the Musoto staff and get it up and running for the pupils and the community at large.”

The static bike challenge involves pupils from the nine primary and secondary Oasis Academies in Bristol – John Williams, Connaught, New Oak, Long Cross, Brislington, Bark Leaze, Markesbury Road and Brightstowe.

itec and oasis bike challenge

The challenge roadshow spends a week at each school where pupils have to cycle a set amount of kilometres to make up the 7,402 total It runs until Friday, December 2 when Oasis Academies chief executive John Murphy will ride the final kilometre at Brightstowe Academy.

Oasis Academies Chief Operating Officer John Barneby said: “This challenge is about giving students in Uganda the chance to have an enhanced education as well as helping to transform their community.
“Oasis works in 10 countries and all UK Academies are partnered internationally. For the south west it is Uganda – hence our idea of taking a container and turning it into a classroom for Oasis Academy Musoto.
“Funding is always a challenge to take these types of projects from an idea to reality. Thus we are hugely grateful to ITEC, who immediately jumped on the idea and decided to run a fundraising programme to make this happen.
“ITEC have embodied the true sense of what we mean by a partnership when an organisation such as ourselves which is trying to transform communities and an organisation that provides services to us become aligned for the greater good.”

Itec Group have joined forces with Oasis Academies to raise funds for a new IT classroom at the Oasis Academy in Musoto, Uganda. Olympic athlete Derek Redmond and Oasis Chief Operating Officer John Barneby joined ITEC chief executive Nick Orme at John Williams Oasis Academy in cycling the first kilometers of the 7,402 being ridden at eight Oasis Academies to raise £7402.

Itec Group have joined forces with Oasis Academies to raise funds for a new IT classroom at the Oasis Academy in Musoto, Uganda. Olympic athlete Derek Redmond and Oasis Chief Operating Officer John Barneby joined ITEC chief executive Nick Orme at John Williams Oasis Academy in cycling the first kilometers of the 7,402 being ridden at eight Oasis Academies to raise £7402.

World Champion athlete Derek Redmond, now a motivational speaker, was at Oasis Academy John Williams to ride the first kilometre and offer the students a few training tips.

He said: “I was more than happy to help launch such a brilliant event – cycling 7,402 km in eight weeks is a massive challenge, but I am sure pupils from the eight academies have got what it takes to succeed.”
Derek, 1991 World Championship 4x400m relay gold medallist and also famous for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics when, after suffering a devastating torn hamstring, he was helped across the finish line by dad Jim, added: “It is especially heartening to see our young people doing something for those in need.

“I was able to give the youngsters the benefit of my sporting experiences and to advise them to never give up and make sure they complete their part of the challenge.”

Oasis Academy Musoto head teacher Alex Toolo said: “I am grateful that we are going to get the first IT class in our community of 35,234 people.

“It will equip our teachers with resources from the internet and for the first time children in our community will get to know basic computer skills, preparing them for a hopeful future.

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