Melbourne, Australia

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