20 years ago, our visionary founder, Louis de Waal co-established BEN with the aim of empowering communities and individuals through the bike and cycling. Two decades on, BEN continues to thrive and make an impact in communities by creating social and economic opportunities through cycling and bicycles.
Some of BEN’s achievements over the past 20 years are:
- Over 31 000 used bicycles distributed into areas of need
- Over 2500 new bicycles distributed through our Bike4All programme
- 18 Bicycle Empowerment Centers Established (BECs)
- Over 100 community bicycle mechanics trained
- Over 11 000 learners trained in safe cycling
To showcase these achievements, BEN will be hosting several celebration events over the coming month. STAY TUNED…
It’s all smiles in the BEN house today as Marchelle from Flyingfeet_SouthAfrica completes our in-house bicycle mechanics course. Marchelle feels totally empowered with the skills to maintain her tour bicycles in Montagu.
8th June 2022 – 10 Agricultural workers from the Herold Meander received Bike4All bicycles as part of the Western Cape Government Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme!! Pedal Power Association Qhubeka Charity
9th June 2022 – 100 Bicycles were handed over to 9 projects in George and Uniondale aimed at SMME/Economic Development and Community Safety as part of the Western Cape Government Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme. The event was attended by the Executive Mayor, Alderman Van Wyk, the Provincial Director of Land Transport Integration, Mr Fezile Mbambo, the Director of Community Services, Mr Alan Paulsen, and Councilor Dirk Wessels. Pedal Power Association Qhubeka Charity
BEN turns 20! To celebrate this incredible milestone, we’re having a celebration on Thursday 14th July. In partnership with Rotary Club Stellenbosch, PPA safe cycling, False Bay Rugby Club and Open Streets, we’re giving away 20 bikes for each year of BEN!
We’re looking for:
🚲 Nominations: Children’s homes in Cape Town to receive up to five bikes. Follow this link in our bio to nominate: https://forms.gle/mvmmYBKpYCLzw2Pd6
🚲 Catering: We’re looking to offer party packs for 30 children and tea and coffee for adults.
🚲 Cake: For the celebration (approximately catering for 60 people).
For catering, please drop us a message or give us a call to find out more – email@example.com or 021 7884174.
Godfrey is a laryngectomee and is unable to talk, so taking public transport has been difficult in the past. With a bicycle, he has a liberty to travel without relying on communicating any information. The two wheels have empowered him and his family a new found freedom!