Wheels4Life – Providing Low Cost Quality Bikes for Third World Countries

A message from Tristan Smith from Sullivan Middle School, Bonsall, CA

First of all, an intro from me;  Tristen is a middle schooler at the Sullivan Middle School in Bonsall, California. When Tristen’s Language Arts teacher set the class a challenge called “The Ten Percent Project”, in which they were to identify a need in a community either domestically or globally; then try and solve it by 10%.The work that Wheels 4 Life is doing to solve the very big problem of lack of transportation in the developing world caught Tristen’s attention. Wheels 4 Life became his chosen charity and he wishes to support a project through purchasing bicycles for a community in the greatest need of transportation in countries where a bicycle can make the difference between having an education, or not, receiving medical treatment or not, or making a living, or not.. How will he do this? By holding a fundraiser in the form of a family friendly bike ride from Las Pulgas to San Onofre Beach and back.

 All are welcome, please tell your family and friends. Spread the word! Thanks so much for doing this Tristen. Best of luck, Carmen Rey

Below are the details from Tristen about why he is doing this, how and when.

Please Join me for a Wheels 4 Life Fundraiser, A Hans & Carmen Rey Charity.  A family friendly bike ride from Las Pulgas to San Onofre Beach and back, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside,CA.

Saturday April 9, 2016

11:00-3:00 P.M.

Las Pulgas Road Exit, I-5 on Camp Pendelton.

 A little about Wheels 4 Life for anyone that has not heard about the charity before.

Wheels 4 Life is a non-profit charity (501c(3)), that provides bicycles to people in great need of transportation throughout the developing world. They work with volunteers in the field, local organizations and non-profits, schools, community leaders and health care clinics. These groups help us to identify those people in genuine need of a bike. These people are those that live in both primative and remote areas, with no access to, nor the means of affording public transportation. The closest school, doctor, or work place might be as far as 10 to 20 miles away.  The gift of mobility can make all the difference to a person’s life and help them to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty.  A person can travel four times farther, four times faster and with four times the load, with a bicycle than on foot. There is a need for millions more bicycles.  Currently a bicycle costs aprroximately $150 and an ambulance bike, $300. Mostly we purchase the bicycles in the countries where our projects are located. This has three-fold benefits; firstly we help the local economy, secondly, it is much easier to find replacement spare parts and thirdly, we save money on costs such as shipping, handling and import duty.

This is a family friendly ride, there is no distance that you have to ride, do what you like and works best for you and your family.  There is a great campground/picnic area/Beach area at San Onofre.  Bring a picnic and enjoy.  The total ride is approximately 7 miles.  It is the exit at I-5 and Las Pulgas. Park outside of the Las Pulgas gate and ride the bike trail “Beach Club Road”. 

My goal is to raise enough money to provide 15 or more bikes.  If you are unable to attend and would like to donate,   Please send a Check made out to Wheels 4 Life, and send to Tristen Smith: 1314 Brooke Glen, Fallbrook CA 92028.  Thank you for your support, Tristen Smith