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#GivingTuesday: you can make a difference

November 30th, 2015 - Colin O'Brien

If you’ve travelled with us before, you’ll know how important World Bicycle Relief is to everyone at inGamba. We’ve been blessed in so many ways and we believe that it’s our duty to spread the love and make sure that we do what we can to help the less fortunate. That’s why we donate the cost of a bike to the WBR program for every single guest that comes on a trip with us.

We’ve written about why Mobility Matters in the past, but because we’re coming up to the holiday season and full of the spirit of giving, we’re reaching out to you all again and asking to help us make a difference to the lives of some of the developing world’s most vulnerable people.

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WBR gets people moving. To date, they’ve put more than 200,000 bicycles on the ground and trained more than 1,000 bicycle mechanics in countries like Angola, Botswana, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Those people live in remote parts of poor countries, where having transportation can literally be a life-changing gift. A bike turns dreams into reality; it can promise an education or make a small business possible, it can help feed families and build communities. A bike can turn a struggle into a success story.

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The holiday season is all about being thankful for what you have, and we’re all lucky enough to have a lot. It’s the time of year when we reflect on the things that make our lives worth living – friends, family, successful careers … the ridiculously sweet bikes we ride – but also on what we could do to make a difference.

In the spirit of the season, #GivingTuesday brings together charities, families, businesses, and students around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.

Taking part in World Bicycle Relief’s #GivingTuesday campaign can have a huge impact, and it won’t break the bank. Just $147 is enough to change the life of a young student or a local entrepreneur by providing them with an essential tool to pursue their dream and fulfil their ambition.

The goal is to raise enough money to give 800 bicycles for students in rural Africa. These bikes reduce travel time to school, increase safety, improve educational outcomes and help students thrive.

If you contribute this December 1st, your generous donation will be matched dollar for dollar, meaning your generosity will go twice as far. And as an added incentive, anyone who donates 10 bikes – $1470 – will be gifted a limited edition WBR/inGamba kit, produced by our friends at Giordana and designed by San Francisco-based artist, Zio Ziegler.

We know that  this time of year also brings with it inevitable financial burdens – and we know that a lot of you will already have your own preferred charities. But we really believe in what WBR do and we think that you’d have a hard time finding a more way to spend $147 that has more impact. So we’re asking: help us change some lives. 

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On behalf of our guests, inGamba has so far donated $100,000 to World Bicycle Relief – and that number grows with every trip we do. Donations are tax deductible, and help WBR continue their incredible work, which has distributed over 60,000 bikes in 2015 alone. Your money also supports education programs, infrastructure, product development, monitoring and evaluation and training mechanics. We hope you’ll join us in supporting this worthy cause. Click here to help now.  

Colin O'Brien

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colinobrien101@gmail.com

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