Corporate Affairs at Bicycles for Humanity
Bicycles for Humanity Western Australia (B4H) is part of an exciting global volunteer-run, non-profit organisation that uses donated bikes to help alleviate poverty through sustainable transport.
Every year around 1.5 million bikes are sold across Australia – around half of those will end up unused or abandoned. B4H know this and repair bicycles to be sent to some of the world’s poorest regions.
B4H’s bicycle recycling scheme contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, promoting a future in which cities can provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more. SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, is also met through the act of repurposing old materials. Through their Bicycle Empowerment Centres, B4H is also working towards SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, by building skills and creating small businesses in developing countries.
None of the services B4H provides would be possible without the generous help of volunteers, and on a sunny but crisp morning in November a cheerful crew of eight Woodside volunteers arrived to lend a hand to the cause. They were given an overview of the tasks ahead of them before setting off to their designated work spaces, rolling up their sleeves and getting started.
A key task for the day was to check the bikes for functionality before dismantling them to pack into a container which was to be sent to Mozambique. A few members of the crew were also set to dismantling the bikes that were in poor condition - they were set aside for recycling. These bikes are broken down for spare parts and often made into carts that are sent overseas for hauling water, or gurneys for nurses to transport patients.
“Opportunity to work with the team in an out of office environment”
After an intense hour of work the team broke for a veritable morning tea feast, consisting of muffins, brownies and a cuppa with the regular B4H volunteers. In no time they were back at it and as the day started to warm up so did our team of volunteers, cranking out bike after bike to send overseas! The lunch bell rang (after a thorough scrub of greasy hands) and the team got in to the holiday spirit by donning Christmas attire for a team photo.
Another hour flew by and the team started to wrap up before the bus picked them up for the day. The team was all smiles as they departed the site.
“Satisfaction of doing something mechanical all day while contributing to do good for others”
To see more of the team in action click here