Wheels4Life – Providing Low Cost Quality Bikes for Third World Countries

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Riding out of Poverty, from Kenya to Eden.

 Words and photos by Carmen Freeman-Rey

It had been four years since Hans and I visited East Africa on a Wheels 4 Life trip. January 2008 saw us travelling to Tanzania, circumnavigating Kilimanjaro on our bicycles and focusing our Wheels 4 Life attention on the Ugweno Valley where we distributed a number of bicycles. In 2009 we followed up giving away more bikes, opening a bicycle repair shop and we completed our film, which covered the trips.

At this time Wheels 4 Life was a fledgling charity, just starting out at that point, we knew we had a lot to learn and our Tanzania journey set the foundations for the direction we would choose to take our charity. Neither of us had any real comprehension of what lay ahead for us, or how lucky we would come to feel to be ...

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Heading out to east Africa again

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It has been four years since Hans and I visited east Africa to follow up on our bicycle recipients and to personally give away bikes. But on Wednesday morning we are again journeying to the east of this continent to further our pledge to get as many bikes as we can to people in the greatest need.

We will be spending a few days in Kenya, driving across the country meeting project leaders, the people in the communities that have already received a bicycle from us and giving a lot more bikes. From there we will cross into Uganda driving from one side of the country to the other, again meeting project leaders, the owners of our bikes and giving more people the gift of transportation. Along the way we will no doubt encounter some adventures, but most importantly, we will learn…learn about what we have acheived thus far and learn about what we can do better. It will ...

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Charity Hike Fundraiser Zugspitze Germany

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Thanks you to all the participants and supports of the 2013 Charity Hike to raise Euro 6,000.- for Wheels 4 Life. 

On April 13th 2013 Germany’s highest peak was the site for the 8th edition of the Charity Hike, an event were participants try to scale a section of the Zugspitze mountain in Bavaria as often as possible during a period of 4.5 hours. Supporters, friends and sponsors of each hiker/skier donate for each lap and encourage for top archievments which will yield a higher return for the charities involved. This years choosen charities were “Wheels 4 Life” and “We Are High Five”.

Sixtysix (66) brave wintersport enthusiast took on this years challenge, the winner climbed the 180m (600ft) section 16 times, which equals 3000 m vertical and 14km. 

The top finishers: Men: Carsten Schneehage, Jörn Steffens, Christoph Seifele.  Woman: Kerstin Erdmann, Bernadette Seifele, Ingrid Völker.

Thank you to all participants, supporters and organizers ...

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DREAMBIKE Auction 2013 by Crankbrothers

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We are happy to announce that Crankbrothers has two additional DREAMBIKES for auction to benefit to 100% Wheels 4 Life non-profit charity. Wheels 4 Life gives bicycles to people in need of transportation in developing countries http://www.wheels4life.org

the auction is live at the moment and will close (28. Apr. 2013 00:07:45 MESZ)
Great deal for a great cause - bid now! 
Dreambike # 1: Focus Project 1.0-All Mountain (value Euro 4,500.-)
http://www.ebay.de/itm/221212676907?ssPageName=STRK:MESCX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1557.l2649
Dreambike #2: Haibike Sleek RC Carbon Fully (Marathon/Trail) (value Euro 4,400.-)
http://www.ebay.de/itm/221212678562?ssPageName=STRK:MESCX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1557.l2649

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Atherton Racing Frames Auction is live to benefit Wheels 4 Life

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http://bit.ly/AthertonGT

We are happy to announce a very cool auction of the generously donated GT Fury frames ridden by Gee Atherton, Rachel Atherton and Marc Beaumont at the 2012 World Championships in Austria. 

These GT Carbon Fury Downhill frames have only been ridden for a few days and come with a custom paint job that was specially made for the 2012 Downhill World Championships. Each frame comes with a signed memorabilia from the rider, along with a letter of authenticity from Atherton Racing Team. 
All funds raised from this auction will benefit Hans Rey’s “Wheels 4 Life” charity http://www.wheels4life.org , to buy bikes to people in need of transportation in Developing Countries. 
The auction has been organized by the experts from “The Pros Closet”: http://stores.ebay.com/The-Pros-Closet/
Link to Auction with details and photos: The auction is live now and will close on Jan. 22nd. 
Thank you Rachel ...

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In Memory of Justin Drawbert

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 Justin Drawbert was an avid cyclist, chef and gardner. His passion for cycling inspired his parents to support a bicycle charity in his memory. We are honored that Wheels 4 Life are their chosen charity. A memorial fund for Justin has been created, if family or friends would like to make a donation in memory of Justin’s life please either click on the donate button on our website homepage or send checks payable to Wheels 4 Life to P.O Box 21, Laguna Beach, CA 92652. Please write “Justin” on the memo line of the check

Thank you to the Drawbert family for helping us to change people’s lives through the gift of bicycles in their son’s name

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A message from one of our supporters

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Kyle introduced us to a friend of his that works with a charity in Kenya called Sonlife Africa. Under the administrations of Bishop Kamau much good wook is undertaken. Our relationship with Sonlife Africa is actually covered under our “Featured Project” section on this homepage. Kyle kinldy wrote to us about the impact of Wheels 4 Life and the bicycles we give to the Sonlife community. Here is what he wrote……

G’day Carmen,
 I recently caught up with Josh after his Kenya trip, and he told me of all the projects that Sonlife Africa have got off the ground, the W4L bikes have had the biggest individual impact. Sonlife has been the driving force behind drilling a borehole for drinking water and establishing a greenhouse for growing fresh fruit & veg, which are a definite benefit to the community. But according to Josh, it doesn’t elicit the same reponse from locals as that of a recipient of a new ...

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