Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Power of Bicycles

Bicycles become the vehicle of change and oh so much more...This is an incredible story of creative giving and it begins with Frederick K.W. Day's (co-founder of bicycle-component maker Sram) vision. Day believes that millions of desperately poor people, trapped by lousy infrastructure can achieve a better life through bicycles. He started World Bicycle Relief a charity that Day hopes will provide bicycles to millions of sub-Saharan Africans. These bikes are specially designed to withstand rugged terrain and carry up to 200 pounds of cargo, which is enough to provide farmers and other producers to carry their goods to market. This charity also espouses the "teach a man to fish..." philosophy by operating assembly areas and mechanic training courses within the region that the bikes are distributed.
You can read more about this charity at World Bicycle Relief or in this month's issue of Forbes magazine

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