FATHER'S DAY

Helping Families in Africa -
One Bicycle at a Time

This Father’s Day, we salute Reason who fundraises for World Bicycle Relief Australia, a charity that delivers sturdy, all-terrain Buffalo Bicycles to children who live long distances from their school and communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

We also acknowledge Melbourne dads, Chris Peters and Rob Ward who are the co- founders of Quadlock. In their quest to make a difference, these entrepreneurs wanted to contribute to a charity that empowers other entrepreneurs and ultimately the community at large and that’s when they joined World Bicycle Relief Australia.

What would the community be without women? Joining the dads is the former Chairperson of the Community Leadership Network in Victoria, Chantal Kabamba. Chantal is a strong advocate for education and equality for all.



In 2017 alone, World Bicycle Relief distributed over 54,000 new Buffalo Bicycles, and surprisingly - each bicycle only costs $AUD195 to get into the hands of a school student like Reason. Ahead of Father’s Day 2018, World Bicycle Relief is putting the call out to all Australians to spare a thought for the families of sub-Saharan Africa, and make a donation - however big or small - to change lives.

For more information or to donate to World Bicycle Relief, visit https://worldbicyclerelief.org/en/


Sometimes life is tough and fathers can’t provide for their family. By helping World Bicycle Relief Australia raise funds, I’m helping those families keep their kids at school which means a brighter future for the whole family. It makes me very happy to know I’m making a difference.
— Reason Wafawarova

Floods, criminals, carnivorous animals, extreme weather; these were some of the dangers Penrith Dad (and World Bicycle Relief fundraising ambassador) Reason Wafawarova, encountered on his daily 16km school journey when he was a child in Zimbabwe.

Reason grew up in the small village of Dungu, Zimbabwe, and received access to a family bicycle while he was 12. Prior to owning a bicycle and attending high school, Reason would wake at 4:30 a.m. to run barefoot an 18km journey to Murwira Primary School in the Bikita District which would start at 8:00am.

The provision of Buffalo Bicycles to students has a measurable impact. A school student can cover four times the distance, and for every 16 kms, three hours of time is saved on a Buffalo Bicycle. Students who have access to a bike have increased school attendance by 28%, and their academic performance has improved by 59%.


 Reason Wafawarova, CEO Lambret Investments

Reason Wafawarova, CEO Lambret Investments


In Australia there’s a lot that we can take for granted; access to education and everything.
One of the things that first draw us to World Bicycle Relief was the fact that they really empower people to help themselves. They empower the whole communities.
— Rob Ward
As a dad you wanna do what you can to help your kids succeed in life and through World Bicycle Relief enabling transportation through Buffalo bikes enables people to access schools and education … it could be life changing to people
— Chris Peters

 Rob Ward & Chris Peters, Co-Founders of QuadLock

Rob Ward & Chris Peters, Co-Founders of QuadLock


I love helping and empowering most vulnerable people in our community. I see a lot of potential in these people. The story of the bikes is very revolutionary, just that can change so many people’s lives – it’s powerful.
— Chantal Kabamba
 Chantal Kabamba, Former Chairperson of the Community Leadership Network

Chantal Kabamba, Former Chairperson of the Community Leadership Network


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Reason grew up in the small village of Dungu, Zimbabwe, and received access to a family bicycle while he was 12. Prior to owning a bicycle and attending high school, Reason would wake at 4:30 a.m. to run barefoot an 18km journey to Murwira Primary School in the Bikita District which would start at 8:00am.

Being the first established school in the village, Murwira Primary School had no tolerance for late attendance resulting in severe punishments for students. “Being late was not an option, we would be bashed by our teachers, required to run laps around the school or sent home. After such a strenuous journey there, we would be extremely tired, so more running was a nightmare,” he said.

Reason relocated to Penrith, Sydney in early 2004 with his family and now is a successful entrepreneur and CEO of Lamre Investments Pty Ltd which assists with fundraising for World Bicycle Relief.


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, healthcare 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 400,000 bicycles and trained over 1,900 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, and Malawi.