Bicycles for Humanity
Empowering Communities One Bicycle at a Time.
Bicycles For Humanity Melbourne is a completely volunteer run, grass roots registered charity organisation focused on the alleviation of poverty through sustainable transport in the form of a bicycle.
Every year around 1.5 million bikes are sold across Australia. It is estimated that around half of these will end up unused or abandoned. They put this huge resource to work in some of the poorest countries in the world.
By unlocking the value in recycled bicycles, Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne enables a sustainable model which improves access to basic human needs within African communities.
Bicycles for Humanity Chapters globally, endeavour to collect unwanted and abandoned bicycles, which would otherwise go to landfill or rust away in garages. Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne gives donated bicycles a new life through sustainable initiatives empowering communities both locally and across communities in Africa. Where donated bicycles aren’t deemed suitable for African roads, their partner organisations like Second Chance Cycles, support repairs and resale, with all profits used to buy shipping containers to transport suitable bicycle donations and tools.
Through charitable partnerships with organisations, and with the support of our many unbelievable volunteers, Bicycles for Humanity raises vital funds to ship bicycle donations to developing countries. Many of the bicycles are donated to health care workers and to schools. The shipping containers are repurposed to serve as community bicycle workshops, providing economic opportunity through affordable bicycle sales and employment in bicycle mechanics. Funds raised through sales are used to provide wages, buy spare parts and tools to repair and extend the lifecycle of each bicycle.
100% of all money raised through donations, are used to deliver sustainable transport opportunities, bicycles and tools into the hands of those who need them most. Today, they are part of one of the largest global movements, providing the gift of mobility through bicycles. Their sustainable volunteer model ensures that not a single cent is spent on any overhead or staffing costs. Through the incredible skill set both here and in the developing world, they are proud to look back at over a decade managing successful bicycle recycling projects, growing positive change through basic transportation – they can’t wait to see where the next 10 years takes them.
Bicycles for Humanity (B4H) is a global grass-roots movement founded in Canada, established with the goal of making a life-changing difference in developing countries by providing bicycles to improve basic mobility, and hence, providing communities with easier access to education, health care and social services.
The organisation and many of its chapters maintain a strong link to Bicycle Empowerment Network, Namibia where locals are trained in mechanical and business skills and the container is then converted into an independent workshop or eBox (formally known as Bicycle Empowerment Centre, BEC) to create ongoing and self-supporting local networks. There are now more than 30 established eBoxes in Namibia alone.
In 2008, Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne was founded by Matt McCullough and Andy Gild as the first Australian Bicycles for Humanity chapter. The importance of the work of Bicycles for Humanity has been acknowledged at governmental levels with Australia’s then Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, officially opening a BEC in Namibia in 2009.
2018 sees 10 years since the establishment of Bicycles fro Humanity Melbourne, with some 20 shipping containers to Namibia, Zambia, Madagascar and Botswana. In addition, they have sent bicycles to locations such as the Northern Territory in Australia and Cambodia, and maintain an association with a range of local communities throughout Melbourne. Indeed, by the end of 2018, they will have sent a total of 10,000 bicycles to support the many communities and partners where bicycles make an enormous difference to people.
Podcast with Andy Gild – A Cause Worth Pedalling For
Slipstream recently recorded a podcast with Andy Gild about A Cause Worth Pedalling For. We discuss Bicycles for Humanity, a charity which embraces and supports bicycles as a means to help people in need become more self sufficient. It’s a terrific story which you are bound to find uplifting. We also discuss many aspects of what it takes to establish and run a worthy cause, alongside being a busy practitioner.
Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne is an incorporated association and registered charity with ACNC and registered for fundraising within Victoria. They are completely volunteer run and governed by a leadership committee of 7 members that hold monthly meetings.
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