World Bicycle Relief (WBR) is dedicated to mobilizing people through The Power of Bicycles. They accomplish this by designing, manufacturing and distributing high quality bicycles that withstand the challenging terrain and conditions in rural Africa.
Each one of WBR’s Buffalo Bikes makes a direct impact on the lives of entrepreneurs, students (70% of whom are girls), health care workers, their families and the people and communities where they live and work. And each bike only requires a donation of $147.
For the second year in a row, Higher Gear’s Gran Fondo Hundo was a fundraiser for WBR. This year alone, we had 340 donors contribute to WBR in the name of our 3rd annual Gran Fondo Hundo riders. So far. (It’s never too late to donate!)
We closed out our Dream Bike deadline with a total of $56,967 raised. That’s 387 bikes in the field! The money raised from this year’s Gran Fondo Hundo thus far supports almost two schools in Malawi.
That’s a win for Team Higher Gear! Whether you rode in this year’s Gran Fondo Hundo, donated in the name of one of this year’s riders or you were volunteering behind the scenes to make our Hundo a success… each and every one of you contribute towards this achievement.
Thank you to the many who participated in our team campaign, rounded out by our top three fundraisers:
Joe “Pepe” Sullivan – raised $8,658
Pepe is a familiar face around Higher Gear, leading Saturday Morning Group Rides, racing under the Higher Gear banner and even wrenching in the shop during his free time. Most days, you’ll catch Pepe riding around the north shore on his trusty Specialized Venge. And, by “catch,” we mean catch a glimpse. It’s hard to keep up with that power!
Tom Renaud – raised $6,226
This year’s 3rd annual Gran Fondo Hundo represents only a small portion of Tom Renaud‘s fundraising efforts. Tom’s WBR fundraising began back in the days of the Wrigley Field Road Tour. For 2015, Tom set his sights on “riding with a purpose.” He committed to putting in 4,000 road miles and five century (100-mile) rides. In return, he asked friends to help him raise $14,700, enough to provide 100 Buffalo Bicycles through World Bicycle Relief.
Dylan Eyler – raised $5,248
Dylan met his original goal of raising 10 Buffalo Bikes for WBR so quickly that he decided to double his efforts, getting even more bikes in the hands of students (mostly female), healthcare workers and entrepreneurs. Dylan went on to exceed that goal. Even more remarkable, our July 31st event was Dylan’s longest ride to date. You see, Dylan is only twelve years old. Dylan had the opportunity to visit a classroom in Namibia just last year. He knows firsthand just how much students in Africa need our help.
While these were our top three fundraisers for our 2016 Hundo event, each and every rider, donor and volunteer made it a successful event. 387 more Buffalo Bikes in the field. Almost two schools’ worth of students in Malawi are now able to get to school safely and more efficiently because of your efforts. Thank you, to each and every one of you.
And just because our event is over, doesn’t mean fundraising is closed. Students, health providers and entrepreneurs in Africa still need our help. Be part of our Higher Gear team and donate here >>