Wheels4Life – Providing Low Cost Quality Bikes for Third World Countries

Climb 24 fundraiser

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David Roberts is putting a on special event/ fundraiser on April 13th in Southern California. He will try to break the Guinness World Record by riding the most vertical feet on a bike within a 24hour period. Their goal is to raise enough money to buy at least 10 bicycles for Wheels 4 Life. Click the link below to find out more about the event and how to be part of it. http://www.climb24.org

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New W4L Film (DVD) - "Riding Out Of Poverty" 2014

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Out new Wheels 4 Life film just got released - “Riding Out Of Poverty” 22 Min. Length - Copyright 2014

This documentary shows our trip to Kenya and Uganda in 2013 to visit several of our projects and meet out project leaders and bike recipients. It shows how we work and the impact our work has, we met previous as well as current recipients tell their stories and show a glimpse of their lives. More info and order information visit our online shop or check this link: http://www.wheels4life.org/store/new-w4l-film-riding-out-of-poverty-2014/

 

 

 

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Bluewater Music Festival to benefit Wheels 4 Life

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Laguna Beach, CA

Wheels 4 Life is one of the choosen charities that will benefit from the ticket sales for the Blue Water Music Festival at the Sawdust Art Festival grounds in Laguna Beach on March 29thand 30th, 2014. 

Please buy your tickets at the link below to ensure Wheels 4 Life will be the beneficary. 

This will be a fun event with many regional musicians, please read more below.

“The Blue Water Music Festival is selling 3 categories of tickets; General Admission, VIP and Patron Passes. You can find out all about the different ticket types at the Blue Water Music Festival website http://bluewatermusicfestival.org.

The good folks at the festival have provided us with direct links that we’d like you to use when buying tickets. You can also input our referral code: WHEELS4 at checkout. Keep this email and be sure to use these links when you’re ready to buy your tickets. If you use these links we’ll be credited ...

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Summing Up 2013 for Wheels 4 Life and a few little seasonal gift ideas.

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This has been an exciting year for Wheels 4 Life. We have continued to grow and we have carried out projects in countries we had not previously worked with, Malawi and Bhutan. Thanks to all the support we have received we have been able to help many more people. This year we are really happy to announce that we have nearly reached the 6000th bicycle donated milestone.

There have also been a couple of other firsts; Hans and I flew to Kenya and then embarked on a road trip driving across Kenya, into Uganda continuing on until we hit Masaka on the western side of Lake Victoria.

We had previously visited the neighboring country of Tanzania distributing bicycles and making a film about one of our projects. This time our mission was a little different. We wanted to visit several of our voluntary project leaders (VPL), meet people that had received bikes from us in the past and personally give away a ...

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Tortour Fundraiser by Kjell Andersen and Stefan Huber

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Tortour Fundraiser in Switzerland by Kjell Andersen and Stefan Huber

 The Tortour Race (www.tortour.com) is a non-stop bicycle road race around Switzerland. Participants have to ride a course of 1050km/650miles and 15000m/49000ft. vertical. The course has 18 sections the two team riders alternate for a combined time.

 Kjell Andersen and Stefan Huber raced in a two -men team to raise money for Wheels 4 Life. Besides their day jobs and their intense training program they also had the task of raising money and awareness for their choosen charity project.

 The race was held in August 2013, after a slow start the team slowly worked their way into the top group during this strenuous race through the Swiss Alps. After 38hours and 51minutes they finished together with their support crew of five,  in a respectable 8th place in the category 2-men teams.

Congratulations for your efforts on and off the bike and a big thanks for collecting approx. $ 3600.-, enough money ...

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W4L Gala Press Release

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Friday October 27th 2013 saw something new and special for Wheels 4 Life. We hosted 230 people at our very first Gala event and although it wasn’t strictly speaking “Black Tie” everyone dressed up to the nines adding superbly to the glamour of the night.

Our aim was to raise enough money to buy 500 bicycles for specific projects in Kenya and Malawi and by the end, this is exactly what we achieved raising $53,964.

Our event was held at the Aliso Creek Golf Club in Laguna Beach, set under the stars with fairy-lights hanging from the trees and candle light illuminating the tables, the setting was truly beautiful. In order to represent the 27 countries we have so far given bikes to we created a global cuisine themed dinner with cocktails to match.

As our guests arrived they were entertained by the incredible voice of Nick Hernadez of Common Sense as they sipped their Caipirinhas and Goan Sea Breezes whilst ...

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RIDE LIKE A KID..IMBA Take A Kid Mountain biking Day

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October 5th and Hans and I were able to join Adam Davidson and his cew at the Irvine Regional Park and witness a whole load of Kids get down and dirty on their bikes. This is such a great event, encouraging Kids to get out there and ride and at the same time they raised money for Wheels 4 Life. Children buying bikes for children and having fun at the same time.
There is no doubt that to arrange a ride and apres BBQ like this takes a lot of organizing, but the big smiles all around showed that it was worth it. Adam and I have been working together for three years now to promote W4L at this annual event and we are really grateful that he and his team support us and what we are doing.This year Hans was not travelling and so he was able to join in the ride and host an autograph signing session ...

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Can we make a difference? You bet we can and are!

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Riding out of Poverty, from Kenya to Eden.

 Words and photos by Carmen Freeman-Rey

It had been four years since Hans and I visited East Africa on a Wheels 4 Life trip. January 2008 saw us travelling to Tanzania, circumnavigating Kilimanjaro on our bicycles and focusing our Wheels 4 Life attention on the Ugweno Valley where we distributed a number of bicycles. In 2009 we followed up giving away more bikes, opening a bicycle repair shop and we completed our film, which covered the trips.

At this time Wheels 4 Life was a fledgling charity, just starting out at that point, we knew we had a lot to learn and our Tanzania journey set the foundations for the direction we would choose to take our charity. Neither of us had any real comprehension of what lay ahead for us, or how lucky we would come to feel to be in the position of being able to do the work we are doing.

Now in ...

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Heading out to east Africa again

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It has been four years since Hans and I visited east Africa to follow up on our bicycle recipients and to personally give away bikes. But on Wednesday morning we are again journeying to the east of this continent to further our pledge to get as many bikes as we can to people in the greatest need.

We will be spending a few days in Kenya, driving across the country meeting project leaders, the people in the communities that have already received a bicycle from us and giving a lot more bikes. From there we will cross into Uganda driving from one side of the country to the other, again meeting project leaders, the owners of our bikes and giving more people the gift of transportation. Along the way we will no doubt encounter some adventures, but most importantly, we will learn…learn about what we have acheived thus far and learn about what we can do better. It will be thrilling ...

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Charity Hike Fundraiser Zugspitze Germany

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Thanks you to all the participants and supports of the 2013 Charity Hike to raise Euro 6,000.- for Wheels 4 Life. 

On April 13th 2013 Germany’s highest peak was the site for the 8th edition of the Charity Hike, an event were participants try to scale a section of the Zugspitze mountain in Bavaria as often as possible during a period of 4.5 hours. Supporters, friends and sponsors of each hiker/skier donate for each lap and encourage for top archievments which will yield a higher return for the charities involved. This years choosen charities were “Wheels 4 Life” and “We Are High Five”.

Sixtysix (66) brave wintersport enthusiast took on this years challenge, the winner climbed the 180m (600ft) section 16 times, which equals 3000 m vertical and 14km. 

The top finishers: Men: Carsten Schneehage, Jörn Steffens, Christoph Seifele.  Woman: Kerstin Erdmann, Bernadette Seifele, Ingrid Völker.

Thank you to all participants, supporters and organizers, including mountain bike pro rider Holger Meyer ...

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