Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Hi, my name is Pat Montani and I thank you for taking the time to visit the Bicycles for Humanity website. Bicycles for Humanity is a very grassroots organization and is growing in many wild and wonderful ways. Initially we planned on sending one container of bicycles to Africa from communities in central British Columbia this year, but it quickly became 4 containers and hundreds of people having fun, pitching in and knowing that they have helped bring our world just a bit closer together.
Almost everyone has ridden a bike, all understand their value and the freedom they first experienced riding a bike. To millions in Africa who walk for water, medical help or to go to school a bicycle is empowering and the first mode of transportation on their journey from poverty to a better life.
I know many of you have an old bike in the garage or the basement and have hated for years to throw it in the dump or sell it for next to nothing at a garage sale. These bikes all have happy stories associated with them and for the first time, many have found that passing the bike on is a way of extending to others the hopes, dreams and aspirations we all had through our experiances.
If you are lucky enough to work at a bike collection, you will be simply amazed by the stories and the right of passage as the bike is handed in and on it's way to a new home.
Looking back, all I can say is WOW, what a year! As one of the Friends of Bicycles for Humanity along with many others we hope you join in and become a part of helping those less fortunate.
On our home page you will see a painting donated by Liz Woodside entitled "Humanity". From this cards, posters and Limited Edition prints have been created and we distribute them to anyone who wants to help fund raise to support any bike related initiative. Juli Masi and a group of talented musicians wrote and produced a song, "Humanity Rocks" and this is also available free to anyone who wants it.
The grass roots support has been simply unbelievable and we receive calls every day form many globally who want to help out and get involved. This year we are developing the Humanity Rocks Initiative, the idea is to provide individuals, groups, schools and whoever with the templates, tools and marketing pieces to help them in whatever way they want to be a part of this grassroots movement.
The Spotlight and the Upcoming Events will give you an idea of the fun and good that has been created. Thanks to all who have supported us and we welcome all to join. Humanity does Rock!