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

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


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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 Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 70 destinations, whereof 15 in Africa, the continent that Brussels Airlines carries closes to its heart. Moreover, Brussels Airlines offers 60 destinations in Europe, 2 in North America and Tel Aviv. The company employs 3,100 employees and operates 38 aircraft.

In view of the global coronavirus pandemic, Brussels Airlines has committed itself to the strictest health safety measures in aviation worldwide, following the recommendations of EASA (European Air Safety Agency). Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Belgian airline operates an adapted flight schedule that is based on market demand and that takes into account the travel restrictions of the different authorities.

Thanks to its no-compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive all-flexible fares with  the highest service quality. With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the five Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is acting as a real ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.

Creating over 40.000 direct and indirect jobs, Brussels Airlines plays an important role in the Belgian economy and is part of Belgium's second largest economic engine: its hub at Brussels Airport. In 2019, the airline transported over 10 million passengers to, from and via Brussels Airport.

Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialized by Lufthansa Cargo. The airline also handles the daily maintenance of its aircraft fleet.

Brussels Airlines is one of the four Lufthansa Group network airlines (Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss) and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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