Melbourne, Australia

COVID-19 Update

“In these unprecedented times, as we all do our part to keep everyone safe, we realise the huge impact stopping bicycle collections will have on our friends in Namibia. We look forward to getting our wheels spinning as soon as possible to continue to support communities. Stay safe and be kind to yourselves and others. “ 

Andy Gild, Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne CEO & Co-founder

Protecting our community is a top priority. A summary of our measures to ensure safety. 

In light of the current advice from the Victorian State Government to avoid non essential social gatherings, and to ensure the safety of our vital volunteer workforce, we have decided the best course of action is to put a hold on all donated bicycle collections and Volunteer bicycle packing days until further notice

If you are planning a clean out while you have extra time at home, please hold onto your old bicycles. Please stay up to date with our monthly email newsletters – where we will be keeping you informed as to where and when we will be ready to once again accept your generous bicycle donations.

Subscribe to our Bicycles for Humanity email newsletters if you haven’t already.

We will continue to work together online to change lives in Africa, and plan ahead. We thank you for your understanding and value your continued support. 

Donated Bicycle Collections – We need you and your wheels!

In 2019 a total of 1,595 bicycles were collected by our wonderful volunteers here at Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne. We want to beat this record this year, but we need your help!

Bicycle donations span far and wide across Victoria. So, we either collect bicycles which have been dropped off to our wonderful friends at Bicycle Superstore, or we head out to collect the bicycles from other various locations.

Now here’s where you come in – We currently have one ute for donated bicycle pickups, but we are keen to have another to assist with our bicycle collections. We aren’t just looking for wheels. If you or your friends are willing to help out with collecting bicycles, then please register your interest online via our Interest to Volunteer contact form or by sending us an email to: volunteer@bicyclesforhumanity.com.au.

Let’s hope we can set a new record in 2020 with the number of donated bicycles we collect with your help!

B4H Melbourne Packing Day – February 2020

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

When: Sunday, 16th of February 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE For those of you attending the Volunteer Packing Day this coming Sunday 16 Feb 2020, please note that the gate to the premises will not be open as per past packing days (new security arrangements). Ideally, if volunteers arrive at 9.30am, that would greatly assist. If the gate is closed when you arrive, please call me on 0407836709 or Bill on 0450004424, and we will swipe you in.

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

Our 2020 Vision: Empowering Hope, Communities and Overcoming Challenges

Get knocked down. Get up again

The 2020 new year has brought with it some very challenging situations. Our beautiful Australian landscape has been scarred by bushfires which continue to burn on across our Eastern shores.

Lives, homes, businesses and wildlife have been lost. Although out of the ashes, the camaraderie and generosity of not only Australians all around the country, but also on a much greater international scale is something to be truly proud of.

When people come together as one, raising eachother up, incredible things can be achieved and hope can, and is restored. So while the impacts of the fires have had devastating effects, our local and international community has again shown we are greater than our most challenging trials.

We at Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne value that charitable spirit and if you are looking to give back to local and international communities as a Volunteer we would love to hear from you.

This February lets focus on mateship and the power of the people. Join us at our first bicycle packing day for 2020 and help us ship another load of bicycles to our friends in Africa. See the details on our next bicycles packing day.

Our Challenge for the next Decade

We’ve set ourselves our own Bicycles for a Humanity Melbourne challenge this year to reach 30,000 bicycle donations by 2030.

With over 10,000 bicycles collected and donated in our first 10 years, we’re already on a roll. Please come join us, volunteer and together we can build on the momentum to reach our ambitious goal.

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