Bicycles and Beyond
South Africa

Bicycles and Beyond

Describe in detail what your Organisation does:

Bicycles and Beyond was founded in Feb 2015 but was fully established and registered in May 2016. It came about when the two founding members Janine Johnson and Beverley Roode saw the need in the community for the empowerment of women and youth in cycling. The name Bicycles and Beyond came about our giving back to the people and about sharing our knowledge.

Our mission: Developing, learning and the growing of women and youth.

Bicycles and Beyond will be providing a training center of excellence where women and our youth can come and learn about cycling safety, and also provide a safe and friendly area to train in. We will have a professional bicycle technician on site to assist with repairs of bicycles at a nominal fee to keep the program/ project sustainable. We will host holiday programs to in the community to keep our vulnerable youth busy during the school holidays. We will be hosting Ladies cycling events in the community and we will also be doing bicycle tours, spinning classes and ghost rides. We will be empowering the women in the area by training them to be competent cyclist and giving them a basic mechanical course on how to fix their own bikes and the bikes of their families.

Our aim is to do excursions, to take youth on boot camps out of their area and to teach them the necessary life skills that they will need and use in their everyday lives. We aim to empower them with team building exercises to conquer everyday life. To be a mentor for them and to guide them.

Which three words best describe your Organisation?

Developing, learning and the growing

If you could change only one thing about your Organisation, what would it be?

Our work environment as we are operating from a container at the moment.

Describe what a typical work day looks like for you at your Organisation?

8:30- 9:00 Meet to discuss the day ahead, brain storming on future and upcoming projects and collaborations
9:00-10:00 Answering emails and calls
10:00-11:00 Checking training equipment, list parts needed for repairs or replacement.
11:00-12:30 Cycling training for beginners (practical)
12:30-13:00 Place orders for parts needed
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and follow up on emails
14:00 – 16:00 Repairs of training bicycles and community bicycles.

What is the one thing you wish members of the general public knew about your Organisation?

We wish more people knew about us and how we could help them with a skill of empowerment

Describe the saddest moment you’ve experienced while at work in your Organisation

The saddest moment is when we work on school holiday programs with children from disadvantaged areas, where you grow so attach to these kids (and they to you) over the holidays and at the end of the holidays you have to say goodbye and leave.

Apart from donating money, how can members of the general public assist your Organisation?

Any form of help will be greatly appreciated. Donating of pre- owned bicycles, cycling clothing, cycling accessories, bicycle parts and spares, camping venues, camping equipment, food, beverages, clothing, paid entries for rides for a needy kid, pre-owned office equipment eg laptops, desktops, scanner, copier machine, books, magazine’s, stationery

Describe the happiest moment you’ve experienced while at work in your Organisation

The happiest moment is when donating a bicycle to someone in need, that smile on their face and that happy tears in their eyes is priceless.

If you could say only one thing to the Community your Organisation serves, what would that be?

Empowerment!

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