As the kids started moving after we gave them the go signal to test their new bicycles, it moved us. Your donations gave them an advantage to move forward.
A total of twenty youth from the Aeta indigenous community of Pampanga received new bikes today courtesy of First Bike Ride’s bicycle donation drive.
All of them never had any bicycle, something that they thought they’d never have during their youth—or maybe even their lifetime for some.
These recepients all know how to ride a bike, thanks to some kids in their small community who have bicycles because the value of sharing is evidently present in this village.
These Aetas who are bicycle owners were really willing to share their bikes. However, there are only a few bikes and it can be frustrating for many kids.
So we thought that it’s way better if others can own one. It’s because bicycles give opportunities. Aside from making these youth happy, it’s also a tool that helps them expand their potential.
Along with the 20 bicycles, we have also handed out helmets, bike locks, Cycling Matters’ “Gabay sa Ligtas na Pagbibisikleta,” slippers and food from small coffee business daily.. We have collected a total of 35,552 pesos in monetary donations.
Thanks to the individual donors, Cycling Matters, Life Cycles PH and Daily.. Our truck was provided for free by Global Equipment Material Handlers Inc and we’d like to commend the awesome delivery professional Winnie.
We’d also like to extend our gratitude to those who helped us: Marti, Jilson, Alya, Leslie, Nhalyn, Fritz, Ronan, Javs, Ramon, Brylle, Jaff and Patrick.
Photos by Jilson Tiu