I would like to take this opportunity to refer you to the recent Rolex 2000
Awards and its recognition of Pedals for Progress founder, David
Schweidenback, as a "Rolex 2000 Laureate for Enterprise" for his work in
establishing Pedals for Progress, an American non-profit that collects used
and new bicycles in the United States, and donates them to non-profit
agencies in Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific,
where they are reconditioned and provided to working people in need of
affordable transportation. Visit www.rolexawards.com for the Rolex
announcement, or www.p4p.org for more detailed info on Pedals for Progress.
Since its founding in 1991, Pedals for Progress has donated more than 40,000
bicycles and $6 million in components and accessories to non-profit partner
agencies in 20 countries. During 2000 alone it anticipates shipping almost
10,000 bikes to 15 partners.
Pedals for Progress is currently looking for qualified partner agencies in
southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, and Lesotho) to
receive container-loads of bicycles, under a grant from the Bristol-Myers
Squibb Company. It is also looking to increase the number of American
service organizations--faith communities, service groups such as Rotary and
the Jaycees, schools, etc.--sponsoring used bike collections, to source
ever-larger numbers of bicycles and dollars for shipping.
The PfP web site has further info on how to apply for PfP assistance.
Pedals for Progress