Cyclists take to the road for the SDGs

SDG CYCLISTS AT START

His worship the Mayor of Marondera, Mr Makwindi (in black suit), joins the other cyclists at the beginning of the 54 kilometre cycle to Harare. 

Six Zimbabwean cyclists made history on Thursday, 11 August 2016, when they cycled 54 kilometres to raise awareness about the SDGs.

Tinotenda Chimanikire, aged 11 years was the youngest cyclist and he made the 54-kilometre journey without swopping with any other cyclist.

YOUNGEST CYCLIST

“Ndirikufara (I am happy)” said Tinotenda on arrival at the UNIC offices in central Harare, which was their final destination.

Accompanied by his father, Bongani Chimanikire, Tinotenda said he was very proud of his accomplishment. The other cyclists who participated in this historic event were Tapiwa Kubvoruno, Munyaradzi Muzenda, Anyway Shoriwa, and William Mapati. His worship the Mayor of Marondera Mr Makwindi also cycled. Each cyclist wore an SDG-branded T-shirts and pulled motorists and the public’s attention

“I cycled in support of SDG 1 which is ‘No Poverty. I am against poverty,” said Tapiwa Kubvoruno.

On arrival at UNIC, they participated in a press conference addressed by the UN Resident Coordinator, Bishow Parajuli, the Principal Director in the Ministry of Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Taguma Mahonde and the Mayor of Marondera.

CYCLISTS PRESS CONFERENCE

Mr Parajuli congratulated the cyclists and said that it is important for everyone to embrace the SDGs, in the same spirit that the cyclists embraced them to the extent of cycling 54 kilometres to raise awareness.

“I am so delighted by the commitment you have shown as individuals. This is the championship we need, the mentality that is required to achieve the SDGs”, said Mr Parajuli.

Cyclists on the road

Speaking at the same occasion, Taguma Mahonde said “What is happening today is a testimony of what the government of Zimbabwe and the UNDP are saying around SDGs, that SDG implementation requires everyone. We are happy that today, the issue of advocacy and communication around SDGs came from a community based organisation located outside Harare.”

Although the Zimbabwe Country position is to implement all the 17 SDGs, the country will focus on goals 8, 7, 2, 9, 6, 13, 17, 3, 4 and 5