CHANG­ING LIVES THROUGH BIKES

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Bi­cy­cles have long been an un­der­rated mode of trans­port. They al­low you to travel fur­ther dis­tances than your own two feet can take you. They’re more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly than cars, and cost way less. For many, a bi­cy­cle is lifechang­ing. Here are our favourite char­i­ties that gift bi­cy­cles to peo­ple in need. 1 / BI­CY­CLE EM­POW­ER­MENT NET­WORK (BEN) BEN gives hope and free­dom to pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple by giv­ing them bi­cy­cles, pro­vid­ing ac­cess to ba­sic ser­vices such as health care and ed­u­ca­tion. You can get in­volved ei­ther by do­nat­ing bi­cy­cles and equip­ment or by vol­un­teer­ing your time to re­pair and main­tain bikes and help with fundrais­ing. ben­bikes.org.za/ con­trib­ute 2 / BUILD-A-BIKE SA Founded in Au­gust 2011, af­ter a call for peo­ple to do­nate their un­wanted bikes and parts. This NPO builds bikes from the parts they re­ceive, and do­nates these bikes to re­cip­i­ents on a nom­i­na­tion ba­sis. You can do­nate old parts or bike equip­ment and kits. Or­gan­i­sa­tions can spon­sor the ini­tia­tive. If you know of any­one who needs a bike, you can nom­i­nate them. build­abikesa.com 3 / QHUBEKA Qhubeka was founded in 2005. The or­gan­i­sa­tion be­lieves that bi­cy­cles are tools of change in South Africa. Over the years, they’ve do­nated more than 80 000 bi­cy­cles to peo­ple in need. There are five ac­tiv­ity ar­eas to which they do­nate bi­cy­cles, in­clud­ing sports, health and dis­as­ter re­lief pro­grammes. You can get in­volved by do­nat­ing money to the char­ity. qhubeka.org

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