Give a bicycle for Christmas and change a life, or four!

Give a bicycle for Christmas and change a life, or four!

You can change a family’s life for the better, with the gift of a bicycle. One bike equals approximately four people having the benefit. One bike costs on average $150. This holiday season, if you would like to purchase a bicycle in lieu of a gift for someone, that person will receive a personalised wooden postcard letting them know that they will have changed lives through the gift of their bicycle.

If you would like to gift a bike as a gift, please add to your PayPal memo, the address and the name of the person you are gifting.


Ten Percent Project

Below is a great example of how one person can make a huge difference. Tristen Smith, a 8th Grader from Sullivan Middle School in Bonsall, California contacted us in December ‘15, inspired by a school project he organized his own fundraiser ride to benefit Wheels 4 Life in April‘16. He raised over $ 2,800.- which will buy approx. 25 bicycles. Check out his inspiring presentation below. Give A Bike – Change A Life!  Thank you.

Wheels4life-Ten Percent Project by wheels4life on Scribd

The 8 Day-340 Mile Walking Challenge for the Rory Walworth Memorial Fund by Will Oldham.

The 8 Day-340 Mile Walking Challenge for the Rory Walworth Memorial Fund by Will Oldham.

On June 6th Will Oldham will be setting out on an 8-day challenge, covering 340 miles across the South of England and visiting all 24 schools against which he played rugby with Rory Walworth in order to raise money on behalf of the Rory Walworth Memorial Fund for Wheels 4 Life. He will be finishing at Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School on 13th June, where he and Rory both grew up playing rugby together in a team of incredibly close friends, all of whom have gone on to various careers around the world but most of whom have already been in touch about the event to help in one form or another.

The idea came about after discussing with a couple of friends how they could go about linking Rory’s two great passions of rugby and cycling. After some deliberation and various equally crazy ideas being thrown around they settled on the Big School Run with the hope that keeping it fairly local to Rory’s hometown would help encourage others to get involved. Even if only in the capacity of providing refreshments en route! Whilst the physical demands are clear to see, he is sure that the mental challenges will be just as tough if not more so to overcome along the way. As much training as he has done to date, the concept of putting one foot in front of the other for over 40 miles a day for over a week is still somewhat troubling!

Rory Walworth was a young man from the south of England who was tragically fatally injured whilst riding his bike. Rory’s family wanted to honour Rory’s memory with something on going, far-reaching and impactful on people’s lives. They have worked tirelessly and to date raised funds for 800 bicycles, which have been distributed in Kenya and Uganda. These bikes have both changed and saved lives. Rory’s name is known very well within the communities that received his bikes. In Kenya there is the Rory Walworth Square and in Uganda our northern district project leader has named his son Rory.


Here is a list of schools Will shall be visiting on the various days, hopefully seeing as many familiar faces along the way as possible:

  • Saturday 6th June – Marlborough College (Wiltshire)
  • Sunday 7th June – Churcher’s College (Hampshire), Chichester College (West Sussex), Portsmouth Grammar School (Hampshire)
  • Monday 8th June – King Edward VI School (Hampshire), Hounsdown School (Hampshire), Hampshire Collegiate School (Hampshire)
  • Tuesday 9th June – Bournemouth School (Dorset), Poole Grammar School (Dorset), Corfe Hills School (Dorset), Canford School (Dorset), Queen Elizabeth School Wimborne (Dorset)
  • Wednesday 10th June – Clayesmore School (Dorset), Sherborne School (Dorset), Millfield School (Somerset)
  • Thursday 11th June – Kings Bruton School (Somerset), Downside School (Somerset), Clifton College (Bristol)
  • Friday 12th June – Kingswood School (Somerset), Beechen Cliff School (Somerset), Sheldon School (Wiltshire)
  • Saturday 13th June – Dauntseys School (Wiltshire), Wyvern College (Wiltshire, Chafyn Grove School (Wiltshire), Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School (Wiltshire)

So if anyone happens to be in Salisbury, Wiltshire on Saturday 13th June then please keep an eye out around Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School at about 4pm!

Will Oldham’s twitter is @willoldham89 and he has a link with instagram – @willoldham89 – These will be the platforms for fairly regular training updates!

Photo Exhibit to benefit W4L by Stefan Voitl in Vienna

Photo Exhibit to benefit W4L by Stefan Voitl in Vienna

On April 11. & 12. is the kick off for the “Hut To Hut” photo exhibition by Stefan Voitl during the Argos Bike Festival in Vienna Austria. All photos were taken during a recent Wheels 4 Life trip to Guatemala and during a bike adventure in the Guatemalian Highlands with Hans Rey and Tom Oehler. The photos are for sale and the proceeds will be donated to our charity. More info at: 

More info below in German:

Kunst für die gute Sache
Mountainbike-Fotoausstellung zugunsten von “Wheels 4 Life” am 11. und 12. April 2015 beim Argus Bike Festival in Wien 

Am 11. und 12. April 2015 findet im Rahmen des Argus Bike Festivals am Wiener Rathausplatz die Charity-Fotoausstellung “Hut to Hut” des österreichischen Fotografen Stefan Voitl statt. Zu sehen und zu erwerben gibt es die Bilder einer Abenteuerreise nach Guatemala, die in Zusammenarbeit mit Mountainbikelegende Hans “No Way” Rey und MTB Trial Profi Tom Oehler entstanden sind. Der Verkaufserlös der Bilder sowie die Einnahmen aus freiwilligen Spenden und einer Tombola gehen zu hundert Prozent an die Organisation “Wheels 4 Life”. Nach bereits zwei erfolgreichen Ausstellungen im Dienste der guten Sache widmet Stefan Voitl seine dritte Fotoaustellung nun der Charity-Organisation “Wheels 4 Life”. Diese hat sich mit dem Leitsatz “Give a bike, change a life” ganz der Aufgabe verschrieben, Räder als Transport- und Fortbewegungsmittel für Menschen in Entwicklungsländern zur Verfügung zu stellen und damit neue Möglichkeiten und Perspektiven im Alltag dieser Menschen zu schaffen.

“Mir gefällt die Idee von “Wheels 4 Life” so gut, dass ich unbedingt etwas für die Organisation auf die Beine stellen wollte”, erzählt der 25-jährige Fotograf, der selbst auch begeisterter Mountainbiker ist. Für die Umsetzung seiner Projektidee konnte er nicht nur den österreichischen MTB Trial Profi Tom Oehler, sondern auch “Wheels 4 Life” Gründer und Mountainbikelegende Hans Rey selbst gewinnen. “In der westlichen Welt ist das Fahrrad ein Sportgerät und Lifestyle-Produkt. Für Menschen in Entwicklungsländern ist es als Transportmittel oft der Schlüssel zu Bildung, Gesundheitswesen oder einem besseren Lebensunterhalt”, erklärt Hans Rey den Gedanken hinter seiner Organisation.

Anfang des Jahres reiste das Trio mit finanzieller Unterstützung von Sponsoren nach Guatemala, eines der ärmsten Länder Mittelamerikas. Neben dem Besuch eines Schulprojekts, das von “Wheels 4 Life” unterstützt wird, erkundete das Team einige Tage lang auf einem Abenteuertrip das Hochland Guatemalas mit dem Mountainbike und produzierte dabei faszinierendes Bildmaterial.

Zu sehen gibt es die Aufnahmen der Reise nun im Rahmen des Argus Bike Festivals am 11. und 12. April am Wiener Rathausplatz. Der Eintritt ist frei, der Verkaufserlös der Bilder und der Tombola sowie die Einnahmen aus freiwilligen Spenden werden zu hundert Prozent an “Wheels 4 Life” gespendet.

Für alle, die es an diesem Wochenende nicht zur Ausstellung schaffen, gibt es eine Auswahl der Bilder noch bis Ende April im “LOFT Café” in Wien zu sehen. Dort findet am 30. April beim “Trailfest” des Vereins “Wienerwald Trails” auch die Abschlussveranstaltung der Ausstellung mit der Tombola-Losziehung statt.Ausstellungsinfos
11. und 12. April 2015, Argus Bikefestival, Rathausplatz Wien
13. bis 30. April 2015, “The LOFT Café” Wien, Lerchenfeldergürtel 37
freiwillige Spenden zugunsten von “Wheels 4 Life”
beim Argus Bikefestival und anschließend im “The LOFT Café” Wien bis 30. April 2015
30. April 2015 beim “Trailfest” der “Wienerwald Trails”, “The LOFT Café”
Eintritt: Vorverkauf € 5,00, Abendkasse € 7,00