🇺🇲 Why will I be #cycling 1600km in April 2022 to support World Bicycle Relief, and how can you #donate?
World Bicycle Relief is a NGO organisation who´s aim is to spread bicycles in regions where mobility is an issue to grow in daily life. Think about bicycles for kids to attend school, so that they don´t have to walk there every day. There´s also health care workers, using bicycles to be able to reach distant small towns. And the local farmers, using bicycles to get their goods to the local market, faster and without the products losing freshness.
I know the power of bicycles and I believe that supporting a charity has an even higher impact when you truly believe in the projects they support. This combination makes World Bicycle Relief the perfect charity for me to support in my challenge.
World Bicycle Relief has had an enormous impact since it was established in 2005. In 2019 they reached the milestone of 500.000 bicycles spread to local communities. On top of that more than 2.000 bicycle mechanics have been schooled, prolonging the life cycle of the bicycles, and increasing the quality of the local workforce.
Cycling from my hometown in The Netherlands to Barcelona in Spain, where I have been living for the last 6 years, will be a trip down memory lane as well as a ride to a city that´s developing itself as bicycle-focussed over the years. The first days will be riding on those roads that I got to know when growing up. In France and Spain I will be able to experience the effects of local governments investing in bike lanes and bicycle awareness. This way I aim to support World Bicycle Relief while showing my supporters the power of the bicycle close to home.
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World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through The Power of Bicycles. Our mission is to create access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities in developing regions of the world where distance is a challenge. We envision a world where distance is no longer a barrier to independence and livelihood.