Cycling and Multi-Sport Travel Specialist Austin-Lehman Adventures Embraces Bicycles for Humanity
Tour Operator Austin-Lehman Adventures Partners with Bicycles For Humanity to Assist and Empower Rural Communities in Africa
[USPRwire, Fri Apr 30 2010] Global adventure travel company Austin-Lehman Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/) has announced Bicycles for Humanity (B4H) as its charitable partner and designated the African community of Ngoma, Namibia, as its newly adopted beneficiary.
Spearheaded by ALA director Dan Austin, who also founded the Billings, MT chapter of B4H, (http://www.b4hmontana.com.org/) ALA has created two key initiatives with its local B4H chapter; the collection and transport of a fleet of used bicycles; and the organization of a seven-day, all-inclusive fundraising B4H bike tour through Tuscany, October 2-8, 2010, with proceeds to develop a new Bicycle Empowerment Center in Namibia.
For this remote, rural village in the Caprivi region of eastern Namibia, where poor transport systems impede residents’ access to healthcare, education and economic opportunities, ALA’s donation of bicycles and funds is vital to advance their mobility and quality of life.
“The potential derived from our support is astounding and heartwarming,” said Austin. “We can provide low-income earners with a form of sustainable transportation; offer youth a gateway to schooling and sports activities; and a two-way road for medical attention – a means for the sick to pursue it or for volunteers and caregivers to deliver it.” One hundred percent of all donations, cash, equipment and materials go directly to the recipient communities in Africa.
A 34-year veteran of adventure travel, Austin shares a spin-off of Winston Churchill’s famous quote, “We make a living by the bikes we get, we make a life by the bikes we give.”
Travelers on the ALA/B4H Tuscany Heartland Charity Bike Adventure, October 2 - 8, 2010 (http://www.austinlehman.com/B4H-Italy) will cycle Italy’s Tuscany region for a once-in-a-lifetime fitness adventure that’s equally fun and benevolent. This guided journey begins and concludes in Florence, and carries on through some of the world’s most stunning countryside – rural roads over lush green hills, cypress-lined byways, vineyards, olive groves and historic towns such as Siena, San Gimignano and Artimino. Evenings pamper cyclists with the region’s finest villas and locally inspired gourmet specialties.
Austin-Lehman Adventures will donate $1,000 per participating cyclist to Bicycles for Humanity (http://www.bicycles-for-humanity.org/), with 100% of the proceeds directly earmarked to develop a bike shop and cycling support center in Namibia. This facility will be stocked with 300-400 bicycles, tools and spare parts and will be accompanied by comprehensive training in mechanics. Not only will it provide the disadvantaged with their own transport, but it empowers them with their own means of maintaining it.
The price per trip is $3,398 per person. Bicycles for Humanity founder Pat Montani and wife, Brenda, are among the first riders to sign up for the trip. Austin-Lehman Adventures and B4H worldwide are jointly promoting this Tuscan fundraising trip through multiple channels, including Twitter, Facebook, B4H chapter websites and e-newsletters. For more information or reservations on the ALA Tuscany Heartland Bike Adventure, contact ALA at 1.800.575.1540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planned for the 2011 season, the newest multi-sport/safari trip to be offered by Austin-Lehman Adventures, will be a 10-day excursion in Namibia, and neighboring countries of Botswana and Zambia, Africa, with focus on Namibia’s Caprivi region. Highlights include the village of Ngoma – recipient of ALA’s charitable contributions in tandem with Bicycles for Humanity; a day spent in Victoria Falls, and travel along the mighty Zambezi River.
At Ngoma, travelers will engage with members of this community, where the ALA/B4H-sponsored bike shop is in development and where scores of donated bicycles are having widespread positive impact on the economic, social and general well-being of the population.
ALA continues to build its reputation as one of the world’s premier biking vacation companies. Building on its acquisition of EuroBike Tours in Fall 2008, ALA continues to expand its European base of operations and programs. “Biking and goodwill are in our spokes,” said Austin.
About Austin-Lehman Adventures
Ranked number one as the “World’s Best Tour Operator” in 2009 by readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine, Austin-Lehman Adventures, with a 35-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on four continents. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture, and geography’s natural beauty. Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. Founders Dan Austin and Paul Lehman believe the best way to enjoy a destination is to experience it as a local; close-up, at one’s own pace far off the usual tourist track. In addition to its scheduled group departures, ALA also offers customized trip planning. ALA offers all travelers a money back guarantee, a rarity among adventure travel companies.
About Bicycles for Humanity
Bicycles for Humanity was launched September 2005 with the simple aim of enabling people to raise funds and collect unwanted bicycles to send to reliable partners in developing countries. Its mission is to empower people to improve their quality of life by transferring mobility through the use of bicycles. The goal is to expand the work of its chapter members, build more sustainable initiatives and programs and to mobilize and empower more of the world's poorest people. “We have one focus, mobility through the use of a bike. We have one objective, to help the people of Africa help themselves. We believe that all of us working together can make a difference.” Visit http://www.bicycles-for-humanity.org/.
Austin-Lehman Adventures / Bicycles for Humanity Montana
Dan Austin, Director
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