Here are some background stories from the people who received bikes as part of our project in Madagascar
JEAN PHILEMON ZOTONANTENAINA He is responsible for 5 villages as inspector of proper disposal of butchery entrails of cows. He will use the bicycle when he makes the purchase of phytosanitaire at Ambositra which is 45 kms. The transportation cost from where he lives Ambatomarina to Ambositra is 40.000 fmg. The bicycle therefore will reduce his transportation cost so he can use it instead to support his family.
JEAN THEODILE RANDRIAMIADANTSOA He works for rural development in the commune of Andina and takes care of 5 villages. He will use the bicyle to carry vaccines and insecticides for the farmers and to ferry also vegetables to sell in the market of Ambositra which is 17 kms from Andina. The transportation cost is 20.000 fmg to Ambositra.
JEAN BAPTISTE RAKOTOZAFY He is in charge of the rural development of the zone of Imady ...
Wheels4Life bicycles to the Neko Tech Centre’s Health Care Project, which will reach out to villages to educate residents on a number of issues, including economics, HIV, Family Planning, Health, environmental & agricultural matters.
Here are letters from some of the healthcare volunteers describing themselves and how a bike will support their work:
Wisdom Tengey Age: 28 Location: Vui, Ghana
I will use my bike to:
Commute in the community for jobs
Help me get to church, the market and other places on time
Dear Hans, Peace! The good news is that your Wheels4Life project is very much welcomed by the Malagasy people. To date I have already awarded 14 bicycles to deserving persons and I tried to reach the provinces as well. I gave 10 bicycles to far-flung provinces and 4 to our women here in Antananarivo and 6 more will be given to some far-away place too.
All of them are very grateful to you for sharing your blessings with them. They could hardly believe that they would ever own a bicycle one day and this will help them a great deal. Dear Hans, Peace!
Here is the photo of Charles Razafindrakoto, the sculptor. He lives in the forest of Ambanivato Alarora some 20 kms; away from the city of Tananarive. He is 57 years old and has 4 children. His whole family including his wife are doing woodcarving. When we knew him, he did not have a decent home but now ...
The brief ceremony for the Handing-over of the ten (10) California Bikes by ITDP, Ghana to the ten (10) NEKO Tech management-selected Volunteers working on Neko Tech Centre’s Health Care Project, courtesy Wheels For Life and Simplon Bicycle Company of Austria took place on Thursday 01 February, 2007 at the Neko Tech Centre in Ada, as previously scheduled.
The ceremony started at 2.00pm with the volunteers and some other staff/volunteers of the Centre welcoming the ITDP, Ghana Country Director, the IBD who assembled the bikes, the driver and mate of the van that transported the bikes to the Centre with two specially composed welcome songs.
After the signing of the visitors’ book, I proceeded to the Office of the Centre Manager, Mr. S.T Wussah, to quickly discuss the fine details of the programme (sequence and order of events) together and also have a look at the brief write-ups that had been submitted by the beneficiary volunteers on themselves ...
Sophie’s Soccer Team FC Kent Fusion ‘95 (my soccer team) is raising money for Wheels 4 life. We hope to raise enough money to get at least one bike, for Wheels 4 life. We hope that our effort will make a change. The fundraiser my teams doing is good. We raise the money by taking our cups to put change in, to school or at home. People put extra change in the cups. Thank you Sophie Wagner (10 years old) Kent, WA
My business partner and I have started an online raffle to benefit an amazing charity started by my friend and mountain bike legend, Hans Rey. The charity he created is Wheels4life.org. They donate bicycles to children in Third World countries so they may get to work or school. We wanted to help, so we started www.winanewmountainbike.com. At our site you can enter to win a great mountain bike courtesy of Giant Bicycles. Our other sponsors, SixSixOne, Utopia Optics and MBAction.com have donated all the gear you will need to ride it. Please go to our website, there you can enter as many times as you wish. And help us spread the word by forwarding this to everyone on you contact list.
Simplon Bicycles GmbH company from Austria is working on a promotion with a local newspaper to auction one of their award winning (test winning) carbon road bikes, PAVO. The highest bidder will be determined by Dec. 19.06.
Wheels 4 Life will receive the whole amount from the auction. The bicycle has a value of approx. US$ 6,000.-
Fox Shox Inc. sold 276 raffle tickets during Interbike tradeshow in Las Vegas Sept. 27. -29. 2006. The lucky winner of the Fox Talas fork was Nate Trumble from Santa Cruz, Ca. Tickets sold for $ 1.- each all proceeds will benefit Wheels 4 Life. At a similar promotion at a recent tradeshow in Germany, Fox Shox sold 660 tickets.