By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Wed, 10/06/2009 - 01:02

A huge thanks to the brave Transport for London (TfL) riders who not only cycled from London to Canterbury, but took some detours to climb 4 hills, and thereby follow the Tour de France route - not for the faint hearted.

All the riders finished, an inspiring effort!  Thanks also to the support team for food and water, and for Adrian for mechanical assistance.

Total donations so far, from the ride, party, raffle, dress down days, film night (these people are amazing!) is £10,500, and still coming in!

I've put up a section on our How To to help other people who might like to ride this route, here (more thanks, for preparing these quality documents)

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Thu, 21/05/2009 - 18:15

A landmark bike number 30,000 was shipped to a new project in Zambia.  They have a volunteer going out for 3 months to train mechanics and set up 2 workshops.

The bike was donated by Trevor Moles of Colchester.  It belonged to his wife's Aunt who sadly broke her hip and is no longer able to ride, but wanted her bike to be given to someone in Africa.

You can join our FaceBook group, if you're into that sort of thing.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Thu, 27/11/2008 - 17:19

Yesterday we shipped a container of 427 bicycles to a new partner in Lesotho, based just outside of the capital Mesaru. Beyond Bicycles is a new start-up project supported by Sentebale, the charity founded by Prince Harry.

Although we normally load a container in 6 or 7 hours, we had this one over 2 days to give more hours of daylight to work in and to help maximise the number of tools and spare parts squeezed in to stock up their new workshop.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Fri, 21/11/2008 - 17:38

Voluntours has won "Highly Commended" in the "Best Volunteering Category" at the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award 2008 on 12 November (London)

Voluntours also won the " FEDHASA Chairman's Award" and is recognised as a "Finalist" in the "Best Social Involvement Programme" at the Imvelo Awards for Responsible Tourism 2008 on 12 November (Johannesburg)

Congratulations and keep up the good work!

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Fri, 19/09/2008 - 01:00

Re~Cycle has sent a container of bikes, parts and tools to a new partner in South Africa. When we ship to a new partner, we send lots of spare parts to help the workshop get established. They're excited to be working with us and we look forward to a long and productive partnership.