World Bicycle Relief announces three new Australian Ambassadors
World Bicycle Relief Australia is pleased to announce retired pro-cyclist Carlee Taylor, XXI Commonwealth Games and Junior World Champion pro cyclist Alex Manly, and Olympian BMX pro rider Lauren Reynolds have jumped in the saddle as Australian Ambassadors to help create positive change through the Power of Bicycles.
As pro cyclists, these three athletes understand the difference that a bicycle can make in someone’s life. As ambassadors, they will be helping to raise the profile of World Bicycle Relief Australia’s mission: to mobilise people by distributing specially designed, high-quality Buffalo Bicycles through philanthropic and social enterprise programs in developing countries. Carlee, Alex and Lauren will play a vital role in local fundraising and awareness-raising efforts.
As a professional cyclist on the European circuit, as well as competing for Australia in the National Championships, Carlee Taylor knows first-hand the impact a bike can have on someone’s life. “I am really proud to be an Ambassador for World Bicycle Relief. I think it is an amazing charity and I can’t wait to help make a difference to those who really need it. I think it is pretty easy to take for granted some tasks that are made pretty easy when you come from a country like Australia, especially the ease of getting to school for example. Bicycles and cycling has been my passion in life, and I believe everybody should be given an opportunity to be able to ride a bike,” she says.
XXI Commonwealth Games and Junior World Champion cyclist Alex Manly says, “I’m really proud to be an Ambassador for World Bicycle Relief. I have been wanting to get involved in something bigger than myself, so I was excited to get the opportunity from WBR. I am looking forward to learning more about the people who inspired this movement and to be able to contribute to the lives of the people WBR serves through its programs. It is amazing what a bicycle can do.” Alex rides for Australia on the track and for Australian professional women’s road team Mitchelton-SCOTT.
“I’ve been racing bikes for the past 20 years, my love for bikes, cycling, and being active is like no other. I know the enjoyment I get out of it and I’d love to help share this with as many people as possible,” Says Lauren Reynolds, Elite BMX racer and 2012/2016 Olympian from Bunbury, Western Australia. Lauren has been racing BMXs since she was nine, winning her first World title at 12. She competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in women’s individual cycling.
WBR mobilizes people through the Power of Bicycles. Simple, environmentally friendly transportation increases social mobility: access to education, healthcare and livelihoods. While the bicycles themselves help individuals conquer distance and increase their carrying capacity, WBR has also created new economic opportunities by training field mechanics and employing bike assemblers to support their local programs. World Bicycle Relief launched in Australia in May 2017, and the aim is to raise funds for 1000 Buffalo Bicycles by the end of 2018 .
Dagmar Geiger, Development Director of World Bicycle Relief Australia says of the appointment, “We are thrilled to have three highly respected athletes come on board as some of our first official Australian Ambassadors. World Bicycle Relief believes in mobilising people through the Power of Bicycles and that bicycles provide independence, self-empowerment and joy. By mobilising people we can change whole communities, and I am proud to have these three strong women as representatives of WBR to help us embark on our journey.”
About World Bicycle Relief:
Founded in 2005, World Bicycle Relief mobilises people through The Power of Bicycles®. World Bicycle Relief accomplishes its mission by distributing specially designed, high-quality bicycles through philanthropic and social enterprise programs. These purpose-designed bicycles are built to withstand the challenging terrain and conditions in rural, developing areas. Entrepreneurs use the bicycles to increase productivity and profits. Students attend class more regularly and their academic performances improve. And, health care workers visit more patients in less time, providing better, more consistent care. World Bicycle Relief also promotes local economies and long-term sustainability by assembling bicycles locally and training field mechanics to service the bicycles. To date, World Bicycle Relief has delivered over 390,000 bicycles and trained over 1,800 field mechanics in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. World Bicycle Relief is a registered nonprofit in USA, Canada, U.K., Germany and Australia, and has assembly facilities in Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Angola.