Most of you who know me know that I am rarely involved in activism of any sort, including fundraising. I'm not particularly skilled in organizing events and such and large gatherings are just uncomfortable. When I heard about this opportunity it really spoke to me. I love cycling and I love this organization. The "Dan" in the title refers to Dan Lloyd, a former pro cyclist who is now a presenter for GCN (Global Cycling Network), a YouTube channel for cyclists of all levels and most interests. They have been promoting World Bicycle Relief for several years and have some lovely videos here from previous years:
Why do I particularly love World Bike Relief? Because as the saying goes, "Give man a fish and feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime." That is what WBR does, and so much more.
World Bicycle Relief (WBR) mobilises people through The Power of Bicycles. We envision a world where distance is no longer a barrier to independence and livelihood. By building and distributing specially-designed, locally assembled, rugged Buffalo Bicycles to those who are challenged by distance in rural developing countries, we empower people to access the education, healthcare, and economic opportunities that can transform lives. I believe in the Power of Bicycles!
Their target focus is on students, medical providers and economic development. Personally, I love what they do because they are not trying to change the way people live, but make their way of living more sustainable and profitable. Most of these communities rely on walking to get from place to place. The bicycles that are provided are especially built to withstand the rugged terrain and carry heavy loads. This allows students, and especially girls, to get to school faster, medical workers to see more patients in a day and farmers and entrepreneurs to carry more goods faster to markets.These bicycles are tools for people in developing countries to make their own lives better with their own two hands.
If you would like more information, their website is:
I am hoping to raise $1 for every km that I ride throughout this month.
Due to the weather, and our aging canine, the vast majority of the distance will be done indoors.
If I can get my hands on a set of rollers, I will ride the last 500 km on them. (or more if I can get them sooner!)
Thank you for your support!