Pupils kick-start epic Bristol to Uganda static cycle challenge

12th October 2016

Pupils from Oasis Academy John Williams in Bristol have successfully kick-started a cycling challenge which will see eight Oasis Academies across the city cycle 7,402 kilometres in just eight weeks.

Using static bikes, Oasis Academy John Williams began the challenge by cycling the first leg of the journey which started in Bristol.
From the West Country the pupils cycled the equivalent distance of a journey down to Dover, and then from Calais south along the length of France to reach their final destination of Jaca in north-eastern Spain.

Itec Group has 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 has 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.

The students reached their target distance in just five days.

The Bristol to Uganda cycling challenge involves all eight Oasis Academies located in Bristol: Secondaries John Williams, Brislington and Brightstowe and primaries Connaught, New Oak, Long Cross, Bank Leaze, and Marksbury Road.

The Academies have embarked on the challenge to raise funds for an IT container classroom at partner Oasis primary school in Musoto, Uganda.

They hope to raise £7,402 – or £1 a km – for the school which is situated in an area where just 10 per cent of young people move on to secondary education.

Bristol to Uganda - ITEC and Oasis

Former Olympic runner Derek Redmond was on hand at Oasis Academy John Williams to ride the first kilometre.

Bristol-based IT, managed print and document technology provider ITEC is fully supporting both the challenge and the project thanks to a donation of £10,000.

ITEC’s cash has enabled Oasis to buy and transport the container. All funds raised will go towards fitting out the container, installing solar panels and providing state-of-the-art computer equipment.

An ITEC team will travel to Uganda in January to help install and configure the IT equipment.

Follow each academy’s progress as they complete their allocated leg of the journey.

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