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2019 Statistics, Summary and Thank You

Thank you to everyone who has been involved with Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne this year! There have been so many of you.

Special shout out to Pete, Phil, Bill, Monika, Michael, John and all the other volunteers for taking time out of their day to go out and pick up bicycles across Melbourne, the volunteers who came out to Dingley at our Bicycles For Humanity Melbourne Packing Days both new and old, everyone involved behind the scenes, from our marketing, events and HR teams. Thank you so much for your help, we really couldn’t do it without you! 

This year we saw two members of the Bicycles for Humanity family – Dean and Gary depart for pastures a new and welcomed new members to the Bicycles for Humanity family. A special thank you to Leifke for coming on board and organising our Solar Charged Raffle and Susan for overseeing our volunteer recruitment.

From the Melbourne to Namibia Challenge to the Solar Charged Raffle and the Maud St Collective exhibition, and everyone in between. Thank you for your generous donations throughout 2019, your kindness does not go away unappreciated!

FINALLY, a BIG thank you to Andy, MJ, Gary, Dean, Amanda, Uri, Marty, Jules, Ira, Pete and Kevin for all the work you have done and the work you continue to do for Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne. 

We wish all our supporters, volunteers and everyone else involved with Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne a great festive season and see you all in 2020! 

Donated Bicycles Mapping & Tracking Project

Are you wondering where your donated bicycles are going? Or what they’re being used for?

The donated bicycle mapping and tracking project is currently in being developed and finalised.

Not only is this project aimed at targeting Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne’s sustainable development goals, it will also allow bicycle donors to form a more personal connection with their bicycle donations, once they have been shipped off. 

Tracking devices will be placed on certain bicycles to track the number of kilometres they travel. As well as this, the devices will be placed on bicycle ambulances, so that the number of people those ambulances pick up can be tracked. This way, you will be able to see for yourself the valuable impact your bicycle donations are having.

The Bicycles Mapping project is still a work in progress, but it is an exciting step for both Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne and our donors. Keep an eye out for more updates soon.

2019 Exceeding Bicycle Collection and Packing Numbers

2019 has set an exciting precedent for the amount of bicycles collected, packed and sent to Africa for ongoing Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne projects.

In 2018, the tally stood at 1,117 bicycles collected, packed and sent. This year 1,595 bicycles have been collected, and 1,420 bicycles packed into 3.5 containers. That exceeds last years’ packing numbers by 303 bikes. Our volunteers have been hard at work throughout the year to make this possible, but their hard work isn’t over yet.

Our final volunteer packing day for 2019 is on Sunday 15th of December. Hopefully we will break 2018’s bicycle collection and packing record even further!

B4H Melbourne Packing Day – December 2019

The donor bikes are amassing! So we are calling on all our volunteers to come to help at our next packing day.

When: Sunday, 15th of December from 9:30am

Where: Parkview Secure Self Storage, 359 Lower Dandenong Road, Dingley Village

How: Please register yourself as a Volunteer using our new B4H Online Volunteer Registration website so our Team can cater food and drinks to thank you for your efforts and keep you powered throughout the day.

Thanks to Kwan for putting together a behind the scenes time lapse video of what the packing day entails through the magic of Vimeo:

B4H Melbourne Packing Day – October 2019

The donor bikes are amassing! So we are calling on all our volunteers to come to help at our next packing day.

When: Sunday, 13th of October from 9:30am

Where: Parkview Secure Self Storage, 359 Lower Dandenong Road, Dingley Village

How: Please register yourself as a Volunteer using our new B4H Online Volunteer Registration website so our Team can cater food and drinks to thank you for your efforts and keep you powered throughout the day.

Thanks to Kwan for putting together a behind the scenes time lapse video of what the packing day entails through the magic of Vimeo:

Bicycles for Humanity – Solar Charged Raffle Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who participated in our solar charged raffle competition.

We sold 294 raffle tickets and raised $2,395!

The funds raised will be used to train two people in one of our workshops in Namibia to be able to convert donated bicycles into solar powered e-bikes. They will be supplied with the 2 kits for this conversion and time the kits include a solar powered recharging station for each bike. The hope is that they will use these bikes for specific entrepreneurial activities so that they can increase the income for the shops (e.g. e-taxis) and then possibly investing in more e-bike kits as needed.

Congratulations to our Solar Charged Raffle prize winners:
• 1st prize: Intrepid Travel Cycle Vietnam Trip – Roland Williams
• 2nd prize: Verve Portraits Photo Shoot – Brenton Wade
• 3rd prize: Blessed By Nature Australia Hamper – Karen Short
• 4th prize: Knog Bicycle Light Pack – Hannah Bevan
• 5th prize: @BicycleNetwork Riding Pack – Ryan Levin

B4H Melbourne Packing Day – August 2019

The donor bikes are amassing! So we are calling on all our volunteers to come to help at our next packing day.

When: Sunday, 18th of August from 9:30am

Where: Parkview Secure Self Storage, 359 Lower Dandenong Road, Dingley Village

How: Please register yourself as a Volunteer using our new B4H Online Volunteer Registration website so our Team can cater food and drinks to thank you for your efforts and keep you powered throughout the day.

Thanks to Kwan for putting together a behind the scenes time lapse video of what the packing day entails through the magic of Vimeo:

Bicycles for Humanity – Solar Charged Raffle

Monday 8th of July – Friday 16th August

Enter B4H Solar Charged Raffle

All funds raised will go towards better sustainability and empowerment for communities in Africa.

Your Donations. Solar Charged. 

If you aren’t already following along to our Bicycles for Humanity Solar Charged Raffle you are in for a treat. We have launched our first ever Solar Charged Raffle giving you a chance to WIN one of 5 incredible prizes and make a positive difference.

Every dollar raised in the Bicycles for Humanity Solar Charged Raffle will go towards solar powering bicycle workshops across Namibia – just another way we are sustaining bicycle recycling initiatives in Africa.

Bicycles for Humanity Solar Charged Raffle ticket sales will be used to fund and deliver electric bicycle kits and solar recharging stations, as well as bicycle mechanic training required to support and empower communities. The more we raise, the more we can power our Solar Charged impact. 

The fantastic prizes that you can win include:

All prizes for the Bicycles for Humanity Solar Charged Raffle have all been generously donated thanks to the following Sponsors:

Enter B4H Solar Charged Raffle

B4H Melbourne Packing Day – July 2019

The donor bikes are amassing! So we are calling on all our volunteers to come to help at our next packing day.

When: Sunday, 14th of July from 9:30am

Where: Parkview Secure Self Storage, 359 Lower Dandenong Road, Dingley Village

How: Please register using our Volunteer page so our team can cater food and drinks to thank you for your efforts and keep you powered.

For more information on joining in the packaging day please email us at info@bicyclesforhumanity.com

Thanks to Kwan for putting together a behind the scenes time lapse video of what the packing day entails through the magic of Vimeo.

Melbourne to Namibia Challenge 2019: Fundraising Winner Announced for new Giant Roam Bicycle

The winner of a new 2019 Giant Roam Bicycle from our supporter BICYLE SUPERSTORE is: Patrick O’Neill!

Pat (he’s the cheery bearded one in the blue cap) was drawn from the many participants who fundraised over $250 in our Melbourne to Namibia Challenge 2019.

Pat reached a total of $757 ($1,514 after fundraising matching). Pat encouraged his friends to don Hawaiian shirts and make donations through his Brewery to Brewery ride.

A welcome arrival of his first child Louis, saw Pat ease off on the riding in the middle of month.

A big congratulations to Pat!

And thanks again to our long time Supporter BICYCLE SUPERSTORE for donating the new 2019 Giant Roam bicycle.

Unfortunately no-one qualified for the major prize of the Cycle Vietnam trip with Intrepid ($500 raised by an individual rider who was not affiliated with Bicycles for Humanity or Intrepid).

However, this prize will still be available for Bicycles for Humanity to offer later in the year providing another opportunity for fundraising.