Two friends, Nicole Richards and Caitlin William’s on their three wheelers. Both ladies have grown up with cerebral palsy. They’ve been friends for over 20 years having attended Bel Porto School in Lansdowne together. After completing school, they both joined the Village Workshop in Claremont where they’ve worked for the past 11 years. The Village Workshop is a project of the Western Cape Cerebral Palsy Association. Caitlin’s bicycle was acquired with the help of the Bicycling Empowerment Network (through the Re-Cycle UK container that was donated in May 2021). The three wheeler provides the stability required for Nicole and Caitlin to enjoy the pleasure of cycling, enabling them to fit in normally with society.
Our long awaited shipment of bicycles have arrived. We were delighted to have Louis de Waal (Founder of BEN) here to lend a helping hand. These bicycles will be assembled and distributed through the PSTP Bicycle Distribution to promote sustainable social and economic empowerment. We do this by ensuring a reliable supply of donated and affordable bicycles to disadvantaged communities and institutions. This programme is run by the Western Cape Government Transport Department in collaboration with Pedal Power Association, Bicycling Empowerment Network and Qhubeka.
This video forms part of a series of touching community stories commissioned by Cape Cycle Routes – a Wesgro initiative.
Sindile Mavundla was here to collect 20 bicycles for #heroesonbikes. To his absolute delight he was blessed with an additional 20 FIRST ASCENT CAPESTORM cycling shirts that were kindly donated to BEN. Thank your First Ascent and CAPESTORM! #heroesonbikes Khaltsha Cycles #khayelitsha
A HUGE shout out to thank FIRST ASCENT and CAPESTORM for the amazing donation of cycling shirts to BEN. We will be handing them out to all beneficiaries who receive bicycles. One under-estimates the excitement and joy of receiving such a special “gift”! ❤ Thank you for making this possible. Your kind donation is much appreciated!
Do you have a spare TV to donate to BEN? If you do, we could put it to very good use!
We would like to install a TV in our workshop to display the very knowledgeable Park Tool videos – “Know your bicycle mechanics”. These videos can be found on our website https://www.benbikes.org.za/know-your-mechanics/
Exhibiting these videos will be of great help/knowledge to visiting bicycle mechanics and individuals wanting to learn more on how to service and care for their bicycles.
If you are able and kind enough to donate a TV, then please contact Sue on 0718778915 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would greatly appreciate it.
Happy 83rd Birthday to Louis de Waal.
Louis, steaming ahead strongly, who has done so many different things in his life, ranging from family man, civil engineer, rugby player, cyclist, the Table Mountain man, the leader of numerous civic and sporting bodies and most importantly to us, our Chairman and Founder of Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN).
Louis, always cheerful, enthusiastic, encouraging, with a sense of always caring for those around him.
Well done, Louis. You’ve been and remain a role model for many to follow and admire.
We wish you the happiest of birthdays and look forward to celebrating with you soon.