Kilimanjaro: Mountain of Greatness

Kilimanjaro: Mountain of Greatness

Hans Rey, Danny MacAskill and Gerhard Czerner head out on the mountain bike journey of a lifetime. Facing intense altitude challenges and health risks, this team sets out to be the first to conquer the two highest mountains in Africa back to back on a bike, Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro. They also visit one of our Wheels 4 Life projects in Kenya and meet with our bike recipients and project leaders, while donating more bicycles .

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Kilimanjaro: Mountain of Greatness

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Hans Rey, Danny MacAskill and Gerhard Czerner head out on the mountain bike journey of a lifetime. Facing intense altitude challenges and health risks, this team sets out to be the first to conquer the two highest mountains in Africa back to back on a bike, Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro. They also visit one of our Wheels 4 Life projects in Kenya and meet with our bike recipients and project leaders, while donating more bicycles .

Click to watch video on Redbull.TV

EFTC Foundation Update

EFTC Foundation Update

Dear Bike Park Wales,

Thank you so much from everyone here at The Education for the Children Foundation (EFTC). Your generous donation has changed the lives of twenty nine of our Scholarship Students here at The School of Hope in Guatemala! We could never have imagined being able to give bicycles to this many students without your support.

For our students the benefits of receiving a bicycle are immeasurable. One of the biggest impacts of poverty is a lack of choices and a lack of options, children can feel closed in and it is hard to imagine a future different than their parents. This bicycle represents much more than just a way to get from place to place it allows our students personal freedom. (more…)

OneStream and Microsoft

May, Las Vegas, Hans was invited to be a keynote speaker at the Onestram “Splash” conference. This multi-day event was also supported by Microsoft and both companies highlighted the work that Wheels 4 Life is doing. Not only did they provide us with a platform to raise awareness about the charity, they also supported us massively by initiating an “employee donation matching” scheme.

We are extremely grateful to Onestram and Microsoft and its many employees for supporting us in our misssion to buy bicycles for just some of those that really need transportation. As a result of the generosity shown to us at this event, we received donations in excess of $10,000. This amount will enable us to purchases another 75 bicycles. Thank you to all that worked so hard to make this happen.

Wheels 4 Life update from Hans Rey April ’17

Wheels 4 Life update from Hans Rey April ’17

Wheels 4 Life charity is already in its 11th year of giving bicycles to people in need of transportation throughout the developing world.

The charity and cause has been growing at a healthy rate where Carmen and I can handle the day to day workload along with all of our other obligations and real jobs.

To date we have given almost 10,000 people in 32 different countries a bicycle. Each of these bicycles would have stories to tell about how people have benefited from them; how they made their lives easier, how they made earning an income possible, how they provided access to education and healthcare and in some cases, how they even saved lives.

Carmen and I are as committed as we were on day one. We still run the everyday business voluntarily, without compensation. We are assisted immensely by our Voluntary Project Leaders in the field (VPL), they supervise most of our bicycle projects all over the world and again, they do not receive an income from the charity

We are fortunate to have many volunteers that hold fundraisers, spread the word and offer their professional skills so that we can keep our operating costs to the minimum. We are also grateful to our Board of Directors who help from the sidelines and assist where and when they can.

We have done our best to run this charity in as pure a way as possible, in 2016 our overhead cost was only 1.9% (this number can vary, but has never exceeded 11%, even when making our documentary films in 2009 and 2013).

In the past 12 months we have actively been working on projects in Guatemala, Ghana, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya and Nepal.

Besides our primary mission to provide transportation to people in the greatest need, we are also committed to making sure that our donors see where their funding has been utilized, that they can see who received their bicycles and why they need them. It is important for us to honor people’s efforts when raising money for Wheels 4 Life and that they feel rewarded for their hard work by reading how they have changed people’s lives for the better.  No fundraiser is too small; we have had children forgo birthday presents so that they can donate part of a bike.

Of course Wheels 4 Life would not be possible without people like you, people that believe in the work we are doing and the way that we do it. Thanks to the generosity of so many people, we have been able to provide the precious gift of transportation.

One bicycle costs on average $150. Now, as ever, we still need you, please continue to believe in our mission and help us to give bikes and change lives.

Hans  & Carmen Rey

#giveabikechangealife

 

P.S.: Stay tuned, we are currently in the planning stages of our bi-annual fundraiser event this fall in Southern California.

Bike Park Wales Fundraiser May 7th ’17 Fancy Dress Ride

Bike Park Wales will be hosting a Wheels 4 Life fundraiser on Sunday May 7th.
The aim will be to create the longest fancy dress MTB train ever. So please join them and have a blast whilst raising money to buy bikes and change people’s lives for the better.

The event will be filmed and you can see our film, which will be screened there at 9:30am. The ride train starts rolling at 11:30.

Admission is £15. 100% of proceeds go to Wheels 4 Life

Word has it World Champion Tracy Mosley will lead the train. Anybody can and should participate. Super fun and world class trails will be open all day long. More info: http://www.bikeparkwales.com/Wheels-4-Life-Fundraiser-