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With Heavy Hearts – Honouring Pat Montani founder of the Global Bicycles for Humanity Movement

It is with tremendous sadness we share news of the sudden passing of the founder of the Global Bicycles for Humanity Movement, Pat Montani, after a short battle with cancer.

Pat was an inspiration to so many individuals and communities, across many continents.

Pat started Bicycles for Humanity from his home town of Whistler, Canada, in order to mobilise health care workers. Along the way, the focus became about mobility in general and helping others gain a better life. 

Over the past 15 years, under Pat’s watch, 50 chapters of Bicycles for Humanity volunteers have collected bicycles and sent them to partners in Africa, Mexico, Central America and Asia.

This led to Pat’s more recent work supporting communities in Africa with healthcare, education and tourism, mainly through the aid of technology. 

Pat was a driving force behind the formation of Bicycles for Humanity, Melbourne and a constant guide over our now 13 year journey.

Pat believed passionately in a grassroots model where volunteer groups in the developed world partner with communities in the developing world. This is something for which we at Bicycles for Humanity, Melbourne continue to strive. 

Our challenge now will be to bring together the global Bicycles for Humanity chapters in order to ensure Pat’s legacy lives on.

Pat’s story is an inspiring one. You can read the article about Pat’s life in Pique News Magazine online to find out more about this wonderful humanitarian.

There was also a tribute article to Pat in The Namibian newspaper by Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN) Namibia.

Our hearts and thoughts are with Pat’s wife Brenda, their family and friends at this difficult time. 

Rest in Peace.

Jamie Brindle of Bicycles for Humanity WA Finalist in Spirit of Volunteering Award

Jamie Brindle, Bicycles for Humanity Western Australia (WA) Founder and Operations Coordinator has been named a finalist in the 2021 Spirit of Volunteering Award, which is sponsored by ABC Radio and is part of the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards organised by Volunteering WA.  The winner will be announced during National Volunteer Week at the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards Dinner on 20th May.

Some supporters may have heard Jamie’s interview with Russell Woolf that was broadcast on ABC Radio Perth at 7:30am 29th March.

Jamie was one of the two original founders of Bicycles for Humanity WA in 2011. It was through Jamie’s enthusiasm and drive that Bicycles for Humanity WA was established and has thrived.  Jamie has shown exceptional dedication and hard work over the past 10 years to achieve all that has been achieved by Bicycles for Humanity WA.

The ABC’s Spirit of Volunteering Award is determined by popular vote – Please show your support for Jamie and Bicycles for Humanity WA by voting for him at:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/perth/spirit-of-volunteering-wa/13271454

Voting closes Friday 23 April and is limited to one vote per person.

For more information about the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards dinner on the 20th May go to:

https://www.volunteeringwa.org.au/event/7764/wa-volunteer-of-the-year-awards

Applications Open for Volunteer Roles at Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne

Do you have experience in managing social media channels, marketing or running fundraising campaigns? Would you like to volunteer your time, experience and skills for a registered charity organisation based in Melbourne?

If so, Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne is currently looking to fill 2 volunteer roles in our Marketing and Communications team. Application are open now for the following volunteer roles:

Social Media Lead

This role is part of our volunteer operations team.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Social Media Lead to join our Marketing and Communications team to design and implement our social media strategy.

Your role will see you collaborating with all areas of the organisation to drive awareness, engagement and promote our brand on all our social channels.

Our social media, communications and marketing team is looking to build on our current reach. You will have the opportunity to expand our existing supporter base, reaching new areas and people for awareness, support and growth.

Your energy and enthusiasm to enable further growth, to achieve our targets, and work flexibly to support our committee will be highly regarded and warmly welcomed.

Bicycles for Humanity is located in Melbourne, VIC. Your volunteering location is flexible; work online from wherever you are.

Visit the SEEK Volunteer link for this role to find out more and apply: https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering/163075/social-media-lead

Marketing and Campaign Manager

This role is part of our management committee team.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Marketing and Campaign manager to join our Marketing and Communications team to design and implement on the Marketing and Campaign strategy.

Your role will see you collaborating with all areas of the organisation to drive awareness, increase engagement and support fundraising activities and events.

Our social media, communications and marketing team is looking to build on our current reach. You will have the opportunity to expand our existing supporter base, reaching new areas and people for awareness, support and growth.

Your energy and enthusiasm to enable further growth, to achieve our targets, and work flexibly to support our committee will be highly regarded and warmly welcomed. Depending on your skill and experience, you may be offered a role on the Committee.

Visit the SEEK Volunteer link for this role to find out more and apply: https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering/163074/marketing-and-campaign-manager-management-committee-member

BEST Programme Bicycle Deliveries to Bicycle Workshops in Namibia

Enjoy these shorts videos, put together by volunteer Kwan Toh, showing the recent delivery of bicycles to Health Care workers from the Kavango and Bukalo Bike Shops in the Zambezi region of Namibia.

Bukalo Bike Shop

Hear Christine Namushi Matomola, who teaches disease prevention at the Catholic Aids Action’s Soup Kitchen, share her lovely words of thanks.

Vavango Bike Shop

Supporting Namibian locals through BEST Covid-19 Program

Thanks to the hard work of our partner organisation, Bicycle Empowerment Network Namibia (BEN)Eliakim Elago Ipinge and Ngulura Smasiku are among the first entrepreneurs in Namibia to receive donated bicycles through Bicycles for Humanity’s BEST programme.

Eliakim is 49 years old and lives in Swakopmund at the Namibian coast. He had a good job at a local factory before the pandemic struck, but in order to keep the factory open, he and other workers agreed to a 50% cut in their wages. For younger workers, the cut was not so drastic, but Eliakim is 49, and supports 9 children and his elderly parents with his income. The pandemic has been very tough on Eliakim and his family, and one of the costs that he cut was taxis to and from work (there is no public transport in Swakopmund), meaning that he lost 2 hours a day walking.

With a bicycle, Eliakim now has more time and energy for his family, as well as the potential to supplement his income with mobile sales and deliveries.

Ngulura lives in Bukalo village in north eastern Namibia. He is 31 years old and has one child. Each month he survives on the Namibian minimum wage, equivalent to AUD$126, and has no money to spare for savings for an item like a bicycle. 

Bicycles for Humanity’s BEST programme has given Ngulura access to a bicycle to help him access new employment opportunities and generate income through delivery as well as sale of hand sanitisers and masks. 

Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne Packing Day – February 2021

We have missed our face to face connections with our extended Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne family. So we are calling on all our volunteers to come to help at our next packing day.

Please join us for the first COVID Safe packing session of 2021. 

When: Sunday 28th February 2021, 10am – 3pm

In the event of inclement weather/extremes of heat, an alternative date will be the following Sunday.

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

Please park on the street. Access is via the small gate adjacent to the main gate which will be closed on the day. 

How: Register your interest via email here and please let us know if you have any specific BBQ dietary requirements.

COVID Safety:

Social distancing to be observed, however as we are out in the open, masks optional. Volunteers will be required to sign in with QR code located on the main whiteboard. Alternatively, paper registration list will be available. 

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

Leading the Cycling Revolution in Northern Namibia – Lucky’s Story

If you are wanting some inspiration to kick off your new year, have a listen to Michael Linke, founder of Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) Namibia, and Lucky Mbako, owner of Oshana Bicycles, discuss all things Bicycles in a conversation that spans from Australia all the way to Namibia, where Lucky is situated.

Lucky details the very start of his cycling journey, which began by being a part of the Physically Active Youth organisation all the way through to starting the Oshana Bicycle Shop. Lucky explains that during the first four years of operating Oshana Bicycle Shop, the team focused on fixing bicycles and selling bicycles took place based on customer requests. The Bicycle shop started from very humble beginnings, but Lucky is delighted to inform listeners that thanks to all the volunteers and donations the Oshana Bicycle Shop has been able to grow to what it is today.

To hear more about Lucky’s story, and all the fascinating details from the beginning of his cycling journey to becoming a leading cycling advocate and entrepreneur in Northern Namibia, watch the video below:

2020 Pedal for Purpose Virtual Challenge – Final Strava Club Stats and Prize Winners Announced

The final week was our best week of the Pedal for Purpose virtual event with 223 Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne Strava club members (runners, walkers and cyclists) completing 676 activities for a total of 29,695km. 

This leaves us with the phenomenal total of 2,767 activities logged on Strava for over 110,036km which equals 10 virtual containers on their way to Namibia. A great effort by everyone! 

The Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne Strava Club Top 10 Leaderboard (by distance) at the end of the Pedal for Purpose virtual event:

Week 2 – first round of prizes:

  • A $115 prize pack presented by Knog goes to Nick Gils for not being able to decide where to go.
  • A $20.00 Bicycle Super Store Voucher goes to Triple B for his Red Wine Ride theme.
  • A $20.00 Bicycle Super Store Voucher goes to John Paul Lopez Taberdo for his “ Lords of Thunder “ ride.

Week 3 – second round of prizes:

  • A $129.99 prize pack presented by Knog has to go to John Holland for his night ride. You will see why if you look at the prize. 

The next two prizes go to some team members who seemed to need a lift after a couple of tough rides!

  • A $35. 00 Bicycle Super Store Voucher goes to Michael Mc Carthy for his appalling average.  
  • A $35.00 Bicycle Super Store Voucher goes to Kaye Graham for her struggle street ride. 

Week 4 – final round of prizes:

  • A $139.99 prize pack presented by Knog goes to Lisa Jacob for her 813km on the bike this week and many of them in the mountains.
  • A $50.00 Bicycle Super Store Voucher goes to Greg Walters for his superb photo. 
  • A $50.00 Bicycle Super Store Voucher goes to Brett Kingston for also topping the 800km mark for the week .

Special shout out to Aiden B, one of our NRS riders, for a quick recovery after a nasty crash on the last day. 

Still time to donate and join our Strava club

Don’t forget to donate if you wish and please encourage other riders to join our Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne Strava club community at anytime. We have grown from 68 members to 223 Strava club members over the duration of the Pedal for Purpose virtual event!

We will touch base with all prize winners in the next week or so. 

Thank you again and have a great holidays and celebrate 2021 as a community that has supported each other through a very difficult year.

2020 Pedal for Purpose Challenge – Keep Those Wheels Spinning

The Pedal for Purpose Challenge doesn’t end until 4th December, so it’s not too late to get pedalling for a great cause! If you have already joined the challenge, keep those wheels spinning, you’re doing great. However, if you are struggling to motivate yourself to jump on your bicycle as we settle back into normal life, perhaps hearing how bicycle donations empower communities in Namibia may provide you with just the incentive you need to keep pedalling!

In partnership with the Bicycle Empowerment Network Namibia (BEN), Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne sent a container of 250 bicycles to Opuwu, Namibia. Alongside this, with funds from donations, volunteers have undertaken training to enable them to learn how to fix bikes, run a business and be equipped with all the skills needed to run a bicycle workshop.

Until this container of bicycles touched down in Opuwu, Opuwu did not have its own bicycle shop. Bicycle sales and repairs is crucial in Opuwu, as although it has one of the lowest rates of HIV infection in Namibia, home based care givers struggle to take care of the ill as they cannot reach outlying areas. This bicycle shop allows volunteers to reach home based care clients and makes it much easier for people weakened by HIV-AIDS to complete their daily tasks without needing to use as much effort.

As you can see, bicycle donations can have a huge impact on communities in Namibia. By participating in the Pedal for Purpose Challenge you can facilitate this empowerment. Your hard work and sweat will have a far greater outcome than just getting fit (although that’s great too!), you will be making a tangible difference to people’s lives.

If you haven’t signed up yet, follow the instructions below and get pedalling!

1. Download the Strava mobile app on your smart phone.

2. Use this link to join the Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne Strava Cycling Club

3. Join others Pedalling for Purpose in the Virtual Challenge by riding, walking, moving and tracking your Kilometres as a member of our Bicycles for Humanity Strava Cycling Club

4. Follow the prompts to donate via MyCause

5. Share the love and spread the word on Social Media using the hashtag: #B4HVirtualChallenge

2020 Pedal for Purpose Virtual Challenge – The Brakes Are Off

Pedal for Purpose

Help us virtually cover the distance of 11,240km from Melbourne to Namibia by biking, riding and joining our virtual Strava club event.

Virtual Challenge Details

Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne is excited (wheely pumped) to be launching our annual fundraiser for 2020 the Pedal for Purpose Virtual Challenge.

While it’s been an unusual 2020 so far, we remain encouraged by the enthusiasm of donors and growing number of Volunteers. All who have remained active throughout our shared hibernation and lockdown.

From 9th November 2020, we’re looking to build on this energy and lift community spirits by reconnecting and connecting socially, from a safe distance. Whether you live locally in Victoria, across the border, or globally, you’re invited to join us in staying active for a good cause.

So, take to the pedals and the pavement, and help us cover the distance from Melbourne to Namibia – over 11,000km in total. All in the name of raising funds to empower futures and communities in Namibia – one bicycle at a time.

If you’re a regular fitness junkie, or simply looking to contribute to a good cause – you can take part from home or on the go anytime throughout November. Every kilometre you cover with Strava will be logged towards our goal distance.

What: 2020 Pedal for Purpose Virtual Challenge Ride Event

When: 9th November – 4th December 2020

Where: Virtually event using Strava to track distance of all participants. See the join and participation instructions below.

Virtual Challenge Sponsors & Prizes

For all Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne Strava club members and participants, there are 9 spoke-tacular prizes up for grabs thanks to our incredible sponsors and good friends at Knog and the Bicycle Superstore.

Knog

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Knog Prize Pack 1 – Value $134.90

Blinder Mini Niner Twinpack – $74.95

Oi Luxe Bell – $59.95

Knog Prize Pack 2 – Value $129.90

Oi Classic Bell – $29.99

Cobber Mid Rear – $105

Knog Prize Pack 3 – Value $114.95

Oi Luxe Bell – $59.95

Plus Twinpack – $54.99

Bicycle Super Store

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Prize 1:

2 x $50 Bicycle Super Store gift voucher (1 voucher per winner)

Prize 2:

2 x $35 Bicycle Super Store gift voucher (1 voucher per winner)

Prize 3:

2 x $20 Bicycle Super Store gift voucher (1 voucher per winner)

Bicycle Superstore Strava Riding Club

If you are already a Strava member and interested in joining our long time supporter Bicycles Superstore’s Strava riding club you can using this link:

Bicycle Super Store Strava Riding Club

Join and Participate in the Virtual Challenge Event

All you have to do to join, participate and donate in this Pedal for Purpose Virtual Challenge is by following these 5 steps:

1. Download the Strava mobile app on your smart phone.

2. Use this link to join the Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne Strava Cycling Club

3. Join others Pedalling for Purpose in the Virtual Challenge by riding, walking, moving and tracking your Kilometres as a member of our Bicycles for Humanity Strava Cycling Club

4. Follow the prompts to donate via MyCause

5. Share the love and spread the word on Social Media using the hashtag: #B4HVirtualChallenge

In the name of funding futures, we welcome all participants who join the challenge to make a donation and/or call on friends and family to join the distance and support our annual fundraiser. Just $20 is enough to send a donated bicycle to Africa — and it’s tax deductible.

If you can’t join us from 9th November, you can join and participate anytime throughout the event and help us reach our target kilometres and fundraising.

Are you a Strava member?

If you are already a Strava member, use this link to join our Bicycles For Humanity Melbourne Srava Cycling Club.

If you are not already a Strava member, you can sign up when use this link to join the Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne Strava Cycling Club.

Follow the progress of our Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne Strava club’s members’ progress:

Virtual Challenge Event Donations

Donating $20 will send 1 bicycle to Africa to help support and empower local communities in Namibia through our local partners.

Donate directly to our 2020 Pedal for Purpose Virtual Challenge Event and fundraiser using your preferred payment method below:

Donate via MyCause

2020 Pedal for Purpose Virtual Challenge Event Donation Form

Donate via Direct Bank Transfer

Donation Amount: $20+
Name: Bicycles For Humanity Melbourne
BSB: 033-029
Account: 155859
Bank: Westpac
Reference: “Pedal for Purpose”

Donate via PayPal

Use your debit or credit card to donate to Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne via PayPal

Virtual Challenge Event Terms & Conditions

Bicycles For Humanity Melbourne is a not-for-profit organisation registered in the State of Victoria, Australia under the Association Incorporations Act. (ABN 64 536 981 955) and is the organiser of Pedal for Purpose Virtual Challenge 2020.

Pedal for Purpose Virtual Challenge 2020 (“The Event”) is an event open to everyone and is not restricted by jurisdiction or territory. The event is open from 9th November 2020, and closes on 4th December 2020.

The Event is conducted by Bicycles For Humanity, Melbourne. Any use of the event name, content, logos and/or visible images without permission by Bicycles For Humanity, Melbourne, is strictly forbidden.

The Event is a promotional campaign and is intended to:

  1. encourage participation in safe and responsible cycling, with knowledge and skills,
  2. encourage cycling as an individual past-time and lifestyle choice, 
  3. increase the awareness of sustainability in recycling bicycles, and 
  4. increase the awareness of Bicycles For Humanity’s principal objectives and cause.

The organiser provides a platform for participation in The Event only, and participants in The Event are advised to observe the following:

  1. The organiser is not responsible for participants’ equipment choice, route choice or health status. Participants and other users of the information provided for The Event are recommended to:
    a. consult a health professional before embarking on any program of physical exercise;
    b. seek advice on the suitability and safety of equipment that is intended to be used in The Challenge;
    c. consider safety messages and tips to ensure that they ride responsibly for their own and others safety and courtesy.
  2. The organiser does not provide specific or recommendations for cycling routes and pathways, but recommends that participants and other users of the information, undertake to research and examine a range of credible sources to find and determine additional information relevant for their individual cycling routes and pathways suitable to their own abilities and safety. The organiser takes no responsibility in participants’ choice of cycling routes or pathways.
  3. The Event is not a competition, and participants are asked to ride whatever distance they are comfortable riding in their desired location.
  4. Participants are not required to donate money but there is an option to donate as part of the event
  5. Prizes are awarded to participants randomly chosen from those who upload images of their ride to any social media platform, tagging Bicycles for Humanity. The details of prizes and the specification of any inclusions or equipment stand at the time of publication and may be subject to availability.
  6. The organiser may from time to time, introduce additional awards, prizes and additional rewards for participants of The Event, the conditions for which will be indicated at the time of introduction.
  7. The organiser reserves the right to refuse acceptance or cancel registration of any individual or entity to The Event. The organiser also seeks the cooperation of participants to demonstrate when requested, their legal authorisation to enter The Event; failure to comply or to fulfill the request adequately may result in cancellation of their application to The Event.
  8. The organiser provides no warranty on equipment supplied or referred to, and participants should address any enquiries relating to the use or defect of equipment to the respective manufacturer, distributor or official selling agent of such equipment.