We recently delivered a number of bikes, in person, to people living in Tanzania. The delivery was part of our ongoing Wheels 4 Villages project.
The culture here is such that many people within the community are more than happy to share their bikes. This is wonderful to see; when a person is given a bike they automatically treat it as something that others within their circle of immediate neighbors will be able to utilize also.
Health or lack there of is major problem in the area; there are many widows. This is partly due to the lack of a good health service and health education is generally not available. We hope that the bikes given to the medical community will help them spread the word about how to stay safe and healthy.
Another ‘problem’ is that the Moslem faith allows multiple wives. When a man’s first wife gets old, the man often marries a second time to a much younger woman ...
Fox Racing Shox came on board as an additional sponsor for our Wheels 4 Villages film project. We have already started filming the first phase of this film, which documents the impact bikes will have on one valley in Tanzania and its communities and individuals. Over the course of the next year, our cameraman and volunteers will return several times to distribute more bikes and film the progress and impact the bikes have made and how they have changed lives.
Fox Shox Inc. has supported Wheels 4 Life from day one, with several fundraisers during bicycle trade-shows.
We are very happy to have them join Adidas, GT Bicycles, Ergon and Trent College in this wonderful project.
A “heart-core” adventure ride and Wheels 4 Villages film project
Last spring I decided to combine one of my ‘Hans Rey Adventure Team’ trips with a project for my charity ‘Wheels 4 Life’. Finally I had found, what seemed to be, the perfect place to start our “Wheels 4 Villages Film Project” to document on film over two years the impact bicycles will have on communities and the lives of individuals of the Ugweno Valley in Tanzania; right in the shadow of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro (5896m/19,344ft.). To launch this project our small team decided to first circumnavigate Kili on our own bikes, via a 220km route to eventually arrive in the remote and impoverished Ugweno Valley in the Northern Pare Mountains.
Check out the PDF report embedded below for the rest of the story.
We are very happy that Trent College from Nottingham, UK, one of England’s top private colleges, came on board as a supporter and partner for the Wheels4Villages project.
Our “Wheels 4 Villages — Film Project” is a 2-year film project to document the impact of bicycles in one remote Tanzanian community.
The film will demonstrate the live-changing importance of bikes in the Third World.
Trent College and its students will be involved on several different levels; their first fundraiser just happened the other day.
Here’s a report from Harry Freeman, a student at Trent College:
On Wednesday 5th December my school, Trent College, had a special lunch to raise money for Wheels 4 Life.
Our lunch was extremely basic compared to what we are used to, we had boiled rice and bananas. However for many third world countries this would be a feast. The money that was saved by having this lunch will go towards Wheels 4 Life’s Tanzanian Villages ...
We are happy to announce that Adidas, GT Bicycles and Ergon Ergonomics have committed to sponsor our Wheels 4 Villages - Film Project in Tanzania. We are leaving for Africa in 2 weeks to launch the project. More news soon.
GREETINGS OF PEACE & DEVELOPMENT FROM KALINGA INDIGENOUS CHILDREN AND YOUTH!
First of all, we would like to express our thanks and gratitude to God, YOU & WHEELS4LIFE for giving HOPE & OPPORTUNITY to Kalinga indigenous children and youths to transform their life into better life and their place a better world. The bikes which we gave to the direct beneficiaries really made great difference on the day-to-day living of the beneficiaries. The students are now having access for transportation using the bikes and ease their burden of walking how many kilometers before reaching their school. Before, they were always late but now they are always on time in their class because of the bikes which you gave to them. During Saturdays and Sundays, their family used it for going to their farm and some used it for vending vegetables and root crops to earn income.
In this connection, we would like to RESPECTFULLY SUBMIT THE REPORT IN RELATION ...
As may of you know, the town of laguna beach annually holds an event called “hospitality night” right around this time of year. during this evening, santa rides into town on a fire engine (just like in the dickens poem) and then there is a tree-lighting ceremony followed by parents drinking wine and shopping in the local shops. see http://www.lagunabeachchamber.org/ for the town’s invite and see the xmas card attached here as well.
this year, on Dec. 7th 2007, we’ve decided to hold an open house at our offices right in the center of the village and invite all of you to come and join us. we will have food and drinks, movies and crafts for the kids and a nice, holiday social atmosphere for all. we encourage you to bring the kids to town, see santa and come to our offices at 310 broadway to join us.
Andrew Herrick from Crank Bros. Inc. presented today a check of US$ 10,000.- to Wheels 4 Life for the limited edition W4L pedals, Crank Bros had launched 1 year ago.
The 1000 pairs of rasta colored 50/50 pedals were in hot demand and not only sold quickly but also raised much funds and awareness for Wheels 4 Life.
Hans Rey, who accepted the check on behalf of Wheels 4 Life, said that this promotion was extremely successful and that other companies have started or working on plans to launch also W4L related bicycle products, with royalities benefiting W4L.
Big thanks to all the folks at Crank Brothers Inc, and all the people who supported this promotion by buying a pair of pedals.
Helping Children, Youth, Women, Self Help and Community Projects
Dear Hans, Receive greetings from Kenya. First I would like to apologize for the delay of the report this is because I have been involved in other activities in my place of work. On behalf of the Set Apart Kenya I will like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for the donation of $1000.00 that enabled us to buy 15 bicycles. Wheels4 for Life has indeed made a difference in the lives of the people here in Kenya.
The following is a short report from the distribution of bicycles in a rural village of Nyamusi Division, Nyamira District. I was able to personally deliver the 7 bicycles to the Omokia Self help group which is a local community based organization helping to uplift the lives in the village.
I will send you another report after distributing the next remaining eight bicycles The following ...