BICYCLES FOR HUMANITY
Research shows a strong correlation between volunteering and good health outcomes.
CYCLING IT FORWARD.
FOR EVERY NEW CLIENT WE WILL SEND A BICYCLE TO AFRICA TO CHANGE LIVES!
Andy is Co-founder and CEO of Bicycles for Humanity, Melbourne, a grass roots, 100% volunteer run charity established in 2008.
Our focus is on simple, sustainable empowerment in the developing world. We do this in the most transparent and practical way by sending pre-loved donated bicycles from the developed world to our partner organisations in various countries in need.
MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (OAM) General Division
I am honoured to have received an OAM for service to the community through charitable organisations, something I am very passionate about.
Creating Bicycles for Humanity - Melbourne, a thriving and sustainable not for profit, definitely takes a team - and there have been (and still are!) so many fabulous people who have been involved over the almost 14 years since we got started.
My friend and B4H co-founder, the late Matt McCullough, would be so proud of where we have come, the impact we have already made and excited about what lies ahead.
I truly believe that when we give back, we gain so much in return. It energises us and impacts the way we are in the world. I am so grateful for all I have received and for the support I have had from my family and friends which have enabled me to dedicate time to B4H.
"In this episode, we talk with Andy Gild about A Cause Worth Pedalling For. We discuss Bicycles for Humanity, a charity which embraces and supports bicycles as a means to help people in need become more self sufficient. It's a terrific story which you are bound to find uplifting. We also discuss many aspects of what it takes to establish and run a worth cause, alongside being a busy practitioner."
Scott Charlton, Slipstream Coaching
'YOUR TIME MATTERS' NETWORKING GROUP AWARDS
A bicycle allows someone to travel twice as far, twice as fast and carry four times the load. In the countries in which we work a
bicycle can mean access to education, health care, fresh water, economic opportunity and community. Breaking the cycle of
poverty by providing sustainable transport for one person impacts not only their life but also the lives of their families,
communities and future generations.
I believe there is an important correlation between volunteering and health and was drawn to this space from an early age. Whilst growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, I participated in a 10km walk called 'Blisters for Bread', raising funds to feed underprivileged kids. This powerful experience, of being part of something bigger and giving back, stayed with me and has been a driving force behind my current volunteering involvement.
To learn more about Bicycles for Humanity, listen to the Slipstream Podcast below
or to volunteer visit b4hmelbourne.org.au
VICTORIAN AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Humbled to be a finalist for my volunteering contribution over the past 10 years to Bicycles for Humanity, Melbourne as part of the Victorian Australian of the Year Awards!
This is fabulous recognition of the huge impact that recycled bicycles from Melbourne and parts of Victoria has on communities in need. It also confirms for myself and our many wonderful, committed volunteers that we are on the right path to doing justice to the legacy of my co-founder Matt McCullough.
Nothing happens by one person alone and I am proud to be a part of the wonderful Bicycles for Humanity community.
Watch Andy's 5 minute talk on Volunteering and Bicycles for Humanity
Grateful winner of both the Judges and People's Choice Awards
Kerryn Powell's 'Your Time Matters' networking group
'Why What We do Matters'
THE GROWTH PROJECT
As CEO of Bicycles for Humanity, Melbourne I am proud to have participated in The Growth Project - a one-year leadership development program that brings together leaders of emerging charities with business leaders so that they can share and learn from their previous experience, grow individually and have maximum positive social impact.
Central to The Growth Project is the concept of collaboration and engaged giving where all involved share their time, knowledge and resources to help develop the future leaders of Australia’s non-profit sector. For more information on The Growth Project, visit www.thegrowthproject.com.au
"I run a non-profit organisation that's facing a challenging time as our main programme matures and our role changes. Andy has helped enormously to think through solutions for progress. She has facilitated group work with other stakeholders as well as one-on-one sessions to think through strategy, and in just six months has helped us and our partners make significant advances, with tangible results. Her energy, enthusiasm and ability to draw out ideas have been a great asset."
Managing Director, Bicycling Empowerment Network Namibia