PRLog - June 13, 2012 - CHICAGO -- World Bicycle Relief, an international not for profit that designs and distributes bicycles to people in need in rural Africa, has announced its Father’s Day fundraising campaign: Ditch the tie – Give dad a gift that changes lives! World Bicycle Relief’s mission is to provide access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles. To date, World Bicycle Relief has distributed over 100,000 specially designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles to students, health care workers and entrepreneurs. It has also trained over 750 bike mechanics in African communities to ensure that recipient’s personal mobility is sustained.
“New ties are fine but changing lives is the greatest gift of all,” said F.K. Day, President and Founder of World Bicycle Relief. “This Father’s Day, consider honoring dad by giving a gift that really matters: fundamentally improving people’s access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity by increasing their mobility.”
World Bicycle Relief hopes to raise $50,000 by June 17th, to help provide 100 field mechanics and their families with new beginnings.
• $50.00 provides a field mechanic with tools
• $134.00 provides a field mechanic with a bicycle
• $250.00 helps train a field mechanic
• $2,500.00 helps train a class of field mechanics
Participants who donate to World Bicycle Relief’s Father’s Day campaign through June 17, 2012 will receive access to download a special Father’s Day gift card.
To make a Father’s Day donation, please visit: https://donate.worldbicyclerelief.org/
WORLD BICYCLE RELIEF BACKGROUND
World Bicycle Relief provides access to independence and livelihood through the Power of Bicycles. Since 2005, World Bicycle Relief has distributed more than 100,000 robust, locally assembled bicycles and trained more than 750 bicycle mechanics, providing reliable, sustainable access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity for people in developing countries.
Founded by SRAM Corporation in 2005, World Bicycle Relief partnered with organizations on the ground in Sri Lanka to help with relief efforts after the Indian Ocean Tsunami. World Bicycle Relief distributed more than 24,000 locally assembled bicycles, reconnecting displaced survivors with education, healthcare and livelihood. After the disaster relief project, aid organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa requested assistance with a healthcare program. World Bicycle Relief provided 23,000 specially designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles to volunteer healthcare workers treating HIV/AIDS patients in rural Zambia. Lessons learned through these successes led to the field mechanic training program and to ongoing work in education, microfinance, social enterprise and environmental programs across Africa. World Bicycle Relief has programs and assembly facilities in Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe and has also provided bicycles to programs in Angola, Mozambique, Southern Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
For more information on World Bicycle Relief, please visit www.worldbicyclerelief.org
Rick Keating, keating/co