San Diego Self Storage (SDSS) is contributing to a bicycle drive in March to help athlete and activist Emmanuel Yeboah fill a shipping container with used bicycles and sporting equipment for the children of Ghana, Africa, Yeboah’s birthplace.
Donations of used bikes and sporting goods can be made at the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas, Calif., every Saturday and Sunday in March. SDSS will provide storage space at Encinitas Self Storage to store the bikes and equipment prior to loading the shipping container, and supply a truck for transporting the bikes to the storage facility.
"We were incredibly moved by Emmanuel’s inspirational story and his desire to provide the children of Ghana with bikes,” said Steve Teixeira, SDSS director of property management.
Yeboah was born in 1977 with a severely deformed right leg. In 2001, he rode 400 miles on a bicycle donated by the Challenged Athletes Foundation across Ghana to heighten awareness for fellow countrymen with disabilities. In 2002, while visiting San Diego, physicians performed surgery and fitted him with a prosthetic leg.
Yeboah’s story has been memorialized in the award-winning documentary, “Emmanuel’s Gift,” narrated by Oprah Winfrey. To donate a bike, call 858.776.6813. To learn more about the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Yeboah’s quest to build schools in Ghana, visit www.challengedathletes.org.
Founded in 1972, San Diego Self Storage is one of the largest locally owned and operated self-storage providers in San Diego County with a network of 15 neighborhood self-storage facilities and additional facilities in Los Angles and Orange County.