There are a number of important organisations that we working to improve the world through cycling. This includes people who recycle bikes and send them overseas to improve access to transport through to local groups that create opportunities that empower people to adopt cycling as part of their everyday lives, for the betterment of the individual, the community and the planet.
If you know of a not-for-profit or charitable organisation that is doing great work to improve people’s lives through cycling then please contact us. We would love to promote their activities.
BICYCLES FOR HUMANITY (B4H)
How far can your bike go? 10,000 kilometres. . . . and then some!
Bicycles for Humanity (WA) Inc (B4H) is a world-wide, grass-roots, volunteer-run not-for-profit movement focused on simple, sustainable empowerment through bicycle transport in the developing world.
In Namibia and Zambia a bike can mean access to education, healthcare, fresh water, economic opportunity and support. A bike allows someone to travel twice as far, twice as fast and carry four times the load.
In Perth the B4H all-volunteer team collects used bikes from the public, restores them to working condition and packs them in containers for shipment to Africa.
Since inception in July 2011, B4H WA has:
- Collected over 1,500 bikes of all types from the generous Perth public;
- Sorted, prepared, packed and shipped about 1,000 bikes in three containers to Namibia;
- Seen the establishment of a new Bicycle Empowerment Centres (BECs) in Mondesa (Swakopmund) and Omaruru, and the re-supply of bikes to seven existing BECs all over Namibia.
- Received heartfelt messages of thanks from the recipient communities in Namibia.
You can help B4H WA in any of a number of ways:
- Donating those bikes gathering dust in the shed, or back of the garage;
- Volunteering services to repair and load bikes – they really need more help;
- Fundraising on rides, or in other ways – we need money to buy and ship containers;
- Encourage employers to contribute funds or volunteer time.
UPDATES FROM B4H
Download a copy of the October 2016 update HERE>>
More info at: www.b4hwa.com
Contact: [email protected]
Dismantle uses the bicycle as a tool to reconnect young people to education and employment pathways.
Dismantle began in 2010 with the birth of an idea, that formed into a not-for-profit organisation in 2011, and manifested into a physical space in early 2012. The mission was simple, use bikes as a tool to connect with and provide mentor support for young people. It all started because they saw the potential of the humble bicycle to connect people to other people, the wider communities and the environment.
BikeRescue is a ten session earn-a-bike program. Young people work alongside mechanics to fully restore two old bicycles in a mentored workshop environment. One bike is donated to a local charity as a way for participants to ‘earn’ the second for themselves. The program is designed to reach out to disengaged young people. They work with partner organisations to reconnect participants to education and employment opportunities. It’s about boosting self-esteem, building tangible skills and connecting them to a positive future.
South West Crn Esplanade Park
Fremantle, WA (Reopening soon)
8 Macewan St
West Leederville, WA
For more details visit their website HERE>>