Do you remember when you got your first bike? No matter how old you are, you probably still remember that day. It was one of the “best-est times” in the whole wide world . . . a thrill for every little boy and girl. Imagine! Some kids in the world never get to own a bike. They never have that wonderful experience in childhood.
Zihuatanejo resident Ulises Rivera Romero worked with Bicycles for Humanity to give over 500 bikes to kids! He is a hero to many.
Local resident Ulises Rivera Romero organized a community project and worked with Bicycles for Humanity in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to collect, ship, and donate 564 used bikes, 300 pounds of school supplies, and 40 soccer balls to the children and youth of Zihuatanejo. Ulises is a hero to many!
First, a little about Bicycles for Humanity – Calgary Chapter (B4H). Bicycles for Humanity is a non-profit, grassroots organization. Their goal is to empower people with the gift of mobility. Since 2005, this group of volunteers has sent over 75,000 bikes to developing countries. This was the first project organized for Mexico.
The volunteers collected used and donated bikes. Then, they held a charity event to raise over $15,000 CAD to ship the container of bikes and supplies to Zihuatanejo. This took over a year to complete. Thank you – Karen Pansky, Thian Hundert, Kirsten Hegg, and all the volunteers in Calgary that made this possible. Gracias!
Ulises can express it the best.
“Hi, this is Ulises Rivera Romero from Zihuatanejo. I’m an ordinary person and I don’t do this for a living, but I really like to get involved in community activities like this.
When the bikes arrived from Calgary, Canada, a group of about ten people unloaded the container and moved the bikes to the school.”
When the bikes and supplies arrived last April, Ulises and his amazing team of local volunteers distributed all bicycles and supplies to the Octavio Paz school in Colonia Buenos Aires neighborhood in the outskirts of Zihuatanejo.
“There are no words to explain how Bicycles for Humanity has changed the lives of so many kids here in my neighborhood, especially for those who never even imagined they could ever have a bike! All I have to say is that the happiness I saw in the faces of those kids is priceless,” says Ulises.
The community of Zihuatanejo salutes and thanks the many volunteers that gave their time, talents and resources to help our kids. You are ALL heroes to us!
“Anyone can be great, because anyone can serve.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
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