Bott and Co are teaming up with the Bott Cycle Team and World Bicycle Relief (WBR) to help promote the fantastic #Challenge95 campaign!
As an organisation getting involved in charity work is something we are proud to do throughout the year. Everyone knows how passionate we are about cycling, so any opportunity that can combine cycling with charity work, is really a no brainer for us – sign us up, we’re in!
#Challenge95 is a fundraising initiative created by World Bicycle Relief (WBR) that mobilizes people through the Power of Bicycles. WBR builds and distributes specially-designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles with programs that support students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs across Africa, South America and Southeast Asia.
The #Challenge95 initiative makes a huge difference for those who struggle with distance daily
The concept is quite simple: every time a member of the Bott Cycle Team wins a race during their cycle season, Bott and Co will donate £95 to WBR, who will then use their network to distribute a bike to young students in Zambia, Africa.
Participating in #Challenge95 has meant that our Cycle Team have been busy – training sessions, sore glutes, misbehaving weather conditions, but their thirst for victory has seen them win 5 races so far, meaning we’ve raised £570, which equates to 6 bikes.
Paul Hinchliffe Managing Director Bott and Co said: “Getting involved with the #Challenge95 initiative for the second year, through our Bott Cycle team is a great honour. For many of us bicycles are used for fitness, stress relief or a fun day out with friends, but what World Bicycle Relief has demonstrated is that bicycles in certain parts of the world, means access to healthcare, education and socio-economic change. World Bicycle Relief is truly changing lives through the Power of Bicycles.”
“The Buffalo bicycle has made a huge difference for the students in the village. You see, the distance from school to home to the village is very difficult. A bicycle helps make the distance not so bad,” said Barbara Lungu, Housemother, Palabana Children’s Village Zambia.
Before receiving a bicycle, children would wake up before the sun and walk an hour and a half to attend school five miles away.
Stephen Cromwell, World Bicycle Relief UK Development Director said: “We are so grateful for the generous support of Bott and Co. In many parts of the world distance is a barrier to education and opportunity but with Buffalo bicycles girls can save time and energy and arrive at school ready to learn. The support of the race team, partners and staff at Bott and Co means WBR can provide even more life changing bicycles to students in need.”
To date, World Bicycle Relief has delivered over 350,000 bicycles and trained over 1,200 field mechanics in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America.
What we are doing through supporting organisations like WBR, not only reminds us reminds about just how lucky we are, but also that no matter how small the contribution, every little helps!