For us bicycles are recreational equipment, but for some a bicycle can mean survival.
A bicycle can make a difference in a person’s life. It can be the difference between having a job or not, going to school or not, seeing a doctor or not...
Wheels4Life is a non-profit organization that provides bikes for people in developing countries who really need them, in such as way that the bicycle changes their lives. Often these people live in very primitive and remote areas with no access or means ti public transportation. The closest school, doctor or work-place might be 10 or 20 miles away. In developing countries, bicycles can be used as transportation for children to get to school, people to get to work, and for health care workers to access theri patients. Without a bicycle, children can end up uneducated, families can be without enough income to survive, and illnesses are left untreated. Wheels4Life provides the life altering mobility of a bicycle that makes the daily necessities accessible. The gift of a bicycle can do miracles.
Wheels4Life partner with local institutions, individuals and organizations to help identify people who sincerely need a bike to be able to go to school or to work. The bicycles are often purchased in the country were it's needed, helping the local economy and it making it much easier to find replacement parts. It also saves costs in shipping, handling, import taxes, duties, and storage. As the charity grows, bikes will be imported by the container, which will lower the cost per unit even more. Administrative costs and overhead are kept as low as possible. 90 - 95% of the funds received going towards buying bikes. Everybody in the charity works on a volunteer level for free. Hans Rey pays for all of his charity-related travel expenses out of his own pocket. We keep the costs down as much as we can, in order to buy more bikes. All of this results in more money available to purchase more bikes, and more lives are changed in return.
Please support Wheels4Life. You can donate $10 by texting 'WHEELS' to 85944. Don't forget to reply 'YES' to confirm (USA only).
Wheels4life was founded by mountain biking legend Hans Rey. Hans is considered the world's leader in extreme mountain biking. He is a former trials riding world champion, a showman, a stuntman, and an adventure mountain biker. He has traveled the world extensively; riding his GT mountain bikes, over and through areas previously considered unrideable. All the while, Hans is capturing the cultural, scenic, and spiritual aspects of these exotic locations, and he is always in search of something mystical or historical.