In 2018, your support created incredible impact. You strengthened our work in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Thanks to you, more than 50,000 bicycles have been delivered into the hands of students, healthcare workers, and entrepreneurs in 2018. See the incredible difference you made.
Caring for His Community
Community Health Workers (CHWs) are crucial healthcare providers in rural Africa. CHWs visit patients at home, transport patients to medical facilities, and provide preventative education and care – often by foot. In 2018, you saw how Ramadhan Bakari’s bicycle helps him reach 45% more patients and travel four times farther than while walking.
It Takes a Village
Bicycle Supervisory Committees (BSCs) play a key role in creating successful education and sustainable programming within individual communities. Each 12-person group, made up of community members, takes responsibility for its local Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP). In our 2017 Impact Report, we shared how BSCs work at the village level.
400,000 Bicycles and Counting
Thanks to you, we celebrated an incredible milestone in May: more than 400,000 Buffalo Bicycles distributed! Since World Bicycle Relief’s inception in 2005, you have generously contributed to an incredible 438,000+ bikes in the field and 2,000 field mechanics trained. In the hands of students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs, these bicycles are truly life-changing.
Inaugural World Bicycle Day
The United Nations celebrated the first World Bicycle Day on June 3. At World Bicycle Relief, we strongly believe, as stated in the UN resolution, “the bicycle can serve as a tool for development and as a means not just of transportation but also of access to education and healthcare.” Speakers at the inaugural special event in New York City included Dr. Leszek Sibilski, WBR supporter and Professor of Sociology who campaigned for World Bicycle Day. Stay tuned for exciting ways you can make an impact on World Bicycle Day in 2019.
You Helped Break The Cycle in Malawi
This July, you funded more than 4,000 bicycles to help break the cycle of poverty for Malawian students! Motivated by a 1:1 match from Backroads, CitizenM, Hire Education and Quad Lock, your desire to empower students in need surpassed our goal and paved the way for the next generation of Malawian students to pursue brighter futures.
World Bicycle Relief Switzerland
In October, World Bicycle Relief expanded its global fundraising reach to Switzerland. Building upon a strong existing network and engaging with potential new supporters in Switzerland, we look to mobilize millions more through The Power of Bicycles. World Bicycle Relief now has official non-profit status in Australia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Beasts of Burden
We returned to Raliew Secondary School in Kenya, where WBR, with World Vision and the Ministry of Education, launched a Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program in 2016. Single mom Mary told us about how both she and her daughter Jane’s lives dramatically improved when Jane received a Buffalo Bicycle. “Pushing a bicycle is much easier than pushing a donkey,” they shared.
Mobility and The Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, are part of a sustainable development agenda that aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. In 2018, we shared how bicycles are a cross-cutting solution that help address multiple SDGs.
A World of Support
In 2018, WBR supporters around the world rallied to mobilize others.
- Ambassadors Down Under
We welcomed the first-ever group of WBR ambassadors in Australia, challenging each supporter to raise $10,000 for The Power of Bicycles in 2018.
- Ride the Rockies
Fifteen amazing athletes rode 418 miles with 26,000 feet of climbing during the 33rd annual Ride the Rockies in Colorado. The team raised an incredible $35,000 by the end of the ride!
- Brian Rides 500
Brian Moonga, WBR’s Zambia Country Director, rode more than 500 km in Zambia – from Lusaka to Livingstone – over just six days. In celebrating your support of the 56,000+ students who have received Buffalo Bicycles, Brian helped raise more than $4,000 for WBR.
- Filmed by Bike
An addition to the 3rd annual One Day 100 Bikes, Filmed by Bike brought together the diverse bike-loving Chicago community for a night of the best bike-themed short films in the world, and a weekend of impact raising over $90,000!
- Students for Students
The power of students is incredible! Ryo Baxter and elementary students at AIM Academy are just some of the young people who raised funds this year for children in rural Africa.
- Activating Communities
Former pro cyclists George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde took on the grueling Absa Cape Epic race in the mountains of South Africa raising more than $7,000 for The Power of Bicycles.
- Ride On for WBR
From Nov. 26 to Dec. 1, riders from around the world came together for the most exciting virtual event of the year: the fourth annual Ride On for WBR. The weeklong virtual ride’s participants rode over 3 million miles and raised more than $135,000 for WBR!
Sharing The Story
This year, partners, filmmakers and journalists shared The Power of Bicycles with new audiences around the world.
- Here and Now shared Angela and Dianah’s stories with listeners across the U.S.
- Outside TV told WBRs story on Dispatches.
- FreeHeart Creative shared co-founder Leah Missbach Day’s story in Seeing Brave Episode One.
- Global Cycling Network presenter Emma Pooley took on the 100-mile Prudential RideLondon on a Buffalo Bicycle to raise awareness and funds for World Bicycle Relief.
- Sarah Wilson, a New York Times best-selling author and avid cyclist, joined on as a World Bicycle Relief Australia ambassador and will match all funds she raises 1:1.
- CitizenM’s charity, citizenMovement, launched their program offering customers the opportunity to skip a room cleaning to help support The Power of Bicycles.
- HypeBeast shared the bicycle collaboration between Felipe Pantone, Romance Cycling and Specialized, which was auctioned off to benefit WBR.
- Financial Times told the story of a Zambian bicycle ambulance service backed by Transaid that utilizes Buffalo Bicycles.
- Family Circle featured Co-Founder Leah Missbach Day as one of the 20 Most Influential Moms of 2018.
- Bicycling Australia shined the spotlight on WBR’s work and the Buffalo Bicycle.
There is still time for you to help students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs GO beyond barriers in 2018. Every day, more than 500 million people in rural Africa GO to school, work, and health clinics, walking hours at a time. You can help them GO farther, faster, safer, stronger… We hope the stories of Aleni, Esawo and Esther inspire you to empower more people in need with life-changing bicycles.