Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018
World Bicycle Relief Australia

World Bicycle Relief Australia 

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Hi there, My name is Dagmar Geiger and I'm the Development Director for World Bicycle Relief Australia. I would love it if you could join my team to raise much needed funds to supply our purpose built bicycles to people in rural areas in Sub Saharan Africa. I was in Zambia last October and experienced the program firsthand. I have met and spoken with children who walk up to 12km to get to school. Because of the cultural difference, girls have to do already 2 hours of household chores and the walk to school then can take up to 1 1/2 to 2 hours. A bicycle not only makes their journey easier and faster but also saves them from sexual harassment and childhood marriage. A bicycle gives girls a chance for an education and independence. School attendance for girls with bicycles has increased by 28% and academic performance by 59%. I have met and spoken with healthcare workers who walk up to 18km to make 3 patient visits. Healthcare workers with bicycles have increased patient visits to 12-15/day. I have met and spoken with farmers who use wheelbarrows to deliver their milk to the nearest Dairy Co-op or get produce to the markets. Georgina, a widowed farmer could only deliver milk once a day because the nearest Dairy Co-op is 12km from her farm. With a bicycle, Georgina is now delivering milk twice a day and has increased her income by 25%. Where we distribute bicycles - there are no school buses and there's no public transport. People are fighting time and fatigue every single day. However, there's hope with the help of the humble bicycle. So please join my team and help fundraise or donate so we can get more bicycles into the field and help children get an education, improve on healthcare and help farmers create a livelihood. Thank you! Dagmar

About my team: World Bicycle Relief Team Page

[The Power of Bicycles] is raising much needed funds for World Bicycle Relief by participating in Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018. World Bicycle Relief mobilises people in rural areas in developing countries where the main mode of transport is walking. Children have to walk up to 12km to school to get an education. Often it is a difficult and even dangerous journey. Healthcare volunteers walk up to 18km to make 3 patient visits. Yes, villages rely on healthcare workers to visit them rather than making a quick trip to the medical centre. Farmers without a bicycle carry milk to the Dairy Co-op or produce to the markets with wheelbarrows. Their journeys are also often over 12km. The work of World Bicycle Relief is really important - giving people the chance of an education helps ending the cycle of poverty and disease. Mobilising people by simply giving them a bicycle gives them the opportunity to attend school, increases healthcare and economic development. You can help, too! Please donate and share this page. Any amount you can give makes a difference! Thank you for your generosity and support!

About my cause: World Bicycle Relief

World Bicycle Relief (WBR) was founded in 2005 by F.K. Day and Leah Missbach Day in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. As a founder of SRAM and leader in product development, F.K.'s role offered a unique opportunity to problem-solve with other cycling industry leaders. As a documentary photographer, Leah’s gift for sharing stories helped bring the devastation of those affected by the tsunami to light. Together, with a solid backing from SRAM Corporation and an outpouring of support from industry leaders, FK and Leah helped to launch WBR and provide bicycles to those in need. Partnering with aid organizations in Sri Lanka, WBR distributed more than 24,000 bicycles to displaced survivors, providing access to education, healthcare and livelihoods while reconnecting entire communities.

Following the positive impact that bicycles provided as relief in Sri Lanka, we were invited to partner with a large-scale health program in Zambia. The USAID-funded program, RAPIDS, trained and equipped community healthcare workers to help combat the AIDS epidemic. In 2006, we provided more than 23,000 bicycles through this program to support volunteers who would walk long distances to provide home-based care.

WBR has since built programs to provide specially designed, locally assembled bicycles for students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs across Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. While the bicycles themselves help individuals conquer distance and increase their carrying capacity, WBR has also created new economic opportunities by training field mechanics and employing bike assemblers to support our local programs.

About Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018

The 2018 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is an iconic event with a spectacular course that includes a run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a finish at the Opera House. The festival will be held on September 16, 2018 and features a marathon, half marathon, bridge run and a family fun run - so there is something for everyone. 35,000 runners are expected to participate in 2018.

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