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World Bicycle Relief

  • By Maarten Govaerts · Global and Europe Head Office (GHO/EHO), Europe

 

World Bicycle Relief

Main aim of the charity

https://worldbicyclerelief.org/en/ - World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through The Power of Bicycles. They are committed to helping people conquer the challenge of distance, achieve independence and thrive. For many people in rural regions of developing countries, poverty is a daily reality. In areas where walking is the only mode of transport, a Buffalo Bicycle offers the real and immediate benefit of reliable access to essential goods and services. Powered by the remarkable human spirit, bicycles are a catalyst to possibilities. Their innovative model, combining philanthropic distributions with social enterprise sales, is the backbone on which we deliver greater efficiencies of scale, distribute more bicycles per donation and generate deeper impact where they work.

How the employee got involved and why

While looking for a charity cause to support we took into consideration our teams passion for bicycles. The link to the World Bicycle Relief (https://worldbicyclerelief.org/en/) was quickly made. We contacted the organization, setup a COG/DHL specific fundraising page and are currently growing our involvement with various fundraising activities, leading up to the main event when we will climb the famous 'Passo dello Stelvio' in the North of Italy by bicycle.

What work does the employee do for charity?

We can not support the organization with personally delivering the bikes in Africa, nor train the local mechanics, nor other activities in the field. But we can mobilize the biggest possible crowd back home to (financially) support the World Bicycle Relief organization. For that we are putting on several fundraising events and raising awareness for the organization itself.

What impact would winning have on the charity?

Winning would grow the fame of the World Bicycle Relief organization, and would help it develop even further. We believe this is one of those organization DHL can grow a strong relationship with, and use its brand to improve its viability and functioning.

What impact would winning have on the employee?

Winning would strenghten our believe that bicycles can be used to empower people all over the world and improving everyones life in various ways (health, commute, utility vehicle, transport to education, economic development ...). It would encourage us to continue promoting bicycles as a mean to improve the world.

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