Cycling for change

International Development grad bikes at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro

By Sara Chappel
September 22, 2014 4:12 pm
Humber News

Humber grad Shane Burt has always been fascinated by different cultures and countries. He’s also an enthusiastic mountain biker.

This fall, he gets to combine those two passions in a particularly intense way – with a 400-kilometre  bike ride in southern Kenya at the base of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Kenya Classic, as it’s known, raises money for Amref Health Africa, an international development organization based in Nairobi that works with communities in several African countries to improve health, especially for women and children.

Burt, who graduated from Humber’s International Development postgraduate program in 2010, now works for Amref Health Africa's Canadian office as a marketing and fundraising manager.

“This ride will be a chance to see something new, and to push my personal and physical limits,” says Burt of the six-day event. “We’ll be riding through areas where Amref Health Africa is involved, and community health workers will be riding with us for part of the trek – so it’s a great way to see the work we’re doing first-hand.”

Kenya Classic Cyclist riding in Kenya Alongside training rides in Collingwood, Burt is busy fundraising – his goal is to collect $10,000 before his departure in October. The Brampton, Ontario native says the fundraising component makes the trip more meaningful than a simple adventure in an unfamiliar country.

“It’s easy to go somewhere and pay to go on an adventure like this,” he says. “The fact that we’re raising money for such a good cause makes this much more than an athletic accomplishment.”