WHEELS FOR HOPE DEC 2017

SAVING LIVES ONE BICYCLE AT A TIME

WHEELS FOR HOPE : DEC 2017

+ INTRODUCTION

Started in 2012 by a group of passionate cyclists, Wheels for HOPE is an initiative that brings bicycles to disadvantaged and impoverished rural communities in Cambodia. Working in close collaboration with Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE, the group has carried out 6 campaigns, providing over 1200 bicycles to rural communities over the past 5 years. Combining philanthropy with a cycling adventure, the group incorporates each expedition with some fun rides for themselves through the scenic locales of Cambodia. Wheels for HOPE plans to extend this initiative to more countries around the region.

How It Works

Every contribution collected goes fully to the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE, the busiest hospital in the country that sees 350 patients daily. The hospital home care team purchase pre-owned bikes at bulk discount from local Cambodian suppliers. Meanwhile, they work with the provincial schools & village leaders to identify the recipients from the most needy families and school children. Some bikes goes to people living with HIV, who visit the hospital regularly for medical assistance.

* Prior to the trip in Dec 2017, the Wheels for HOPE Team will email you to confirm the names to be assigned to the bikes that you have sponsored.

NEXT CAMPAIGN : Wheels for HOPE Dec 2017

Our volunteers will be making our 7th trip to Cambodia in Dec 2017 and fellow supporters are welcomed to join us for the trip (at own expense). The exact date and itinerary will be confirmed soon. If you are interested to sign up, please contact our travel desk (contact below).

DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS & PROFILES

We will be contributing bicycles to various communities in Phnom Penh and the wider region. Our main beneficiaries are school children in smaller villages. Many of them walk long distances to school.

Here are some locations we have visited previously.

1. Phnom Penh City :

  • Hospital patients that require regular outpatient treatment like TB and HIV
  • Families in need of basic transportation.

2. Oudong (2 hours from PP) :

  • Students in 3 primary and secondary schools.

3. Kampong Cham (3 hours from PP)

  • Students from primary school

4. Battambang (7 hours from PP)

  • Students from primary and secondary schools

5. Kampot (5 hours from PP)

  • Families in need and people living with HIV and TB

* Locations may be subjected to change but we will be update everyone with the confirmed destinations as we get closer to December.

CAMPAIGN TARGET

For this year, we hope to bring over around 600 bicycles to Cambodia.

CONTACT DETAILS

Website : WheelsForHope.sg

Membership and Cash Donation : rogerlwh@singnet.com.sg

Travel Desk : +65 9643-3368

General Hotline : +65 6391-1953

MEDIA RELEASES

Newspaper : The New Paper (17 Nov 2013)

Television : Channel U (29 Mar 2017)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How does it work?

Working in close collaboration with Hope Worldwide Cambodia, Wheels for Hope raises funds to purchase bicycles in Cambodia which are distributed to impoverished and disadvantage recipients. Through the Sihanouk Hospital Centre of Hope’s team of dedicated social workers, the families most in need of a bicycle are identified, and the bicycles are distributed once a year.

Each bicycle will be tagged with the name decided by the sponsor. Prior to the trip in Dec 2017, the Wheels for HOPE Team will email you to confirm the names to be assigned to each bike that you have sponsored

Who benefits from the contributions and why bicycles?

Bicycles make a big practical difference to the lives of ordinary Cambodians. Cambodia’s poor people number almost 4.8 million and more than 90 per cent of them are in rural areas. Rural villagers have the least access to education, health and other public services because of poor infrastructures and lack of resources in areas where it matters most.

A bicycle will help a student cover the 5 to 7 kilometres journey to get to school. It enables the student to go to school and motivates them to complete their education, an important enabler out of the poverty trap. The benefits extend to the recipient’s family as well, who use it to sell produce and obtain other supplies. It also benefits poor people saddled with chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis. Many do not seek care and treatment in city hospitals because they cannot afford the cost of travel and accommodation for the many months of treatment required. The bicycles help the recipients get to medical appointments and the transport costs saved will offset their living expenses.

Can I personally give the bicycles to the recipients in Cambodia?

The team makes an annual trip to Cambodia and distributes the bicycles to various villages and impoverished communities. All expenses are borne by individuals. If you are keen to join in the trip, please email us and we will be in touch.

How many trips do we make a year and when?

The team makes the trip during the dry season occurring in the months of September to April. Past trips occurred in the December to February period, the peak of the dry season when road conditions are ideal for long distance drives.

How do we ensure that the bicycles are not sold off or misused by the recipients?
We do not merely distribute the bicycles and disappear! Social workers and volunteers from the home care team of the Sihanouk Hospital Centre of Hope continue to follow up and stay in touch with the families, helping to meet other needs over the longer term.

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