Brussels Airlines and Belgian CEO's cycle through Africa for charity

From 27 January to 3 February 2016 Brussels Airlines organizes Bike for Africa. During this third edition about 70 participants will cycle 450km through Senegal and the Gambia to support local and Belgian organizations. The goal: raise 150,000 euro.

Brussels Airlines deliberately chose West Africa as the playing field for Bike For Africa this year this year to once again shed light on the Africa is not Ebola initiative, launched by the airline to help rebuild Africa’s reputation after the Ebola epidemic. Brussels Airlines was the only European airline that continued flying to the three concerned West-African countries during the Ebola epidemic.

The mountain bike tour was first organized in 2011 in Rwanda and Burundi, when the airline’s employees and Belgian companies raised €93.000 for SOS Children’s Villages. Two years later, the team followed into the footsteps of Stanley in Uganda. Bike For Africa raised €140.000 for the CoRSU Hospital in Kampala and the United Fund for Belgium that year. This time, Brussels Airlines wants to raise €150.000 for three different organizations in The Gambia, Senegal and in Belgium. Read more about these humanitarian projects. 

40 Brussels Airlines employees will participate in this third edition, together with 18 Belgian CEO’s, including Bernard Gustin of Brussels Airlines, Gilles Samyn from International Duty Free and Tom Vande Cruys of Lampiris, and personalities Tom Lenaerts and Piet Goddaer (Ozark Henry). Bike for Africa is organized within the context of for Africa, the Corporate Social Responsibility program founded by Brussels Airlines in 2010. With this program the airline supports numerous NGO’s and humanitarian projects that share the same passion for Africa.


“We have a strong connection to Africa, it holds a special place in our hearts. That is why we have never discontinued our flights to the Ebola stricken countries and why we have started the “Africa Is Not Ebola” awareness campaign, through which we want to make the world see that this fantastic continent has so much to offer both economically as well as in terms of tourism. Bike For Africa was created as a teambuilding to actually discover Africa from another point of view and to support local projects,” says Bernard Gustin, CEO of Brussels Airlines


Discover the complete programme of Bike For Africa


The list of CEO's and managers participating to Bike For Africa:

Bernard Gustin - Brussels Airlines

Tom Vande Cruys - Lampiris

Bob Verbeeck - Golazo

JP Philippot - RTBF

Hans Bourlon - Studio 100

Bernard Marchant - Le Soir

André Schaffers - Deloitte

Christian Van Thillo - De Persgroep

Gilles Samyn - International Duty Free

Jan Dekeyser - Thomas Cook

Chris Burggraeve - Vicomte

Wouter Dewulf - Ulvenhout

Jeroen Dewulf - Ulvenhout

Steven Polmans - Brussels Airport Cargo

Kris Poels - Adelantex

Bart Foucart - Abelag

Frank Van Gelder - Africa Cargo Services

Maurits Lemmens - deMENSEN

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Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 90 destinations, 18 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,400 people and operates 44 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

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