April 6, 2006 – I’m glad to announce that Wheels 4 Life has distributed 30 bikes to persons in the Philippines, South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania.
I was on site in the Philippines to hand out the bikes personally (since I happened to be there already for business – no travel expenses for W4L).
After planning W4L for the past 12 month, founding it, launching it, dealing with all the administrative stuff, etc….. ; it was such a joy to actually give out bikes and to see the smiles on the faces and the glow and hope in their eyes. It made it all real. Thanks so much to everybody who has supported us so far to get to this milestone.
With the help of the Larrazabal family from Ormoc City (Philippines) and the local council man of the Lake Danau Barangay (settlement), we were able to identify 3 boys who graduated elementary school and had no means to get to the high school that is 9 miles away.
I also presented 12 bikes to Bishop Cantillas from the Southern Leyte Province, the area, where they recently had the devastating mudslide that buried over 1000 villagers alive. The bikes will be given to some of the orphans and other people in need in Southern Leyte.
IDTP (Institute for Development and Transportation Policy) and BEN (Bicycle Empowerment Network) helped me distribute a total of 15 bikes in Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania. Please see attachment for those stories. These stories will soon be posted on www.wheels4life.org
This is just the first batch of bikes, I hope thousands more will follow. Your continued support is appreciated.