Pedro's send tools to Zambia with World Bike Relief

Partnership will help keep volunteers' bikes rolling

Massachusetts-based Pedro's are to supply tools to bike mechanics in Africa through World Bicycle Relief.

The company have developed a special toolset to equip more than 400 mechanics who care for and maintain the 23,000 bicycles that Project Zambia provides for care volunteers and disease prevention educators.

The partnership will help World Bicycle Relief fulfil its mission of delivering simple, sustainable transportation for disaster assistance and poverty relief.  

Dave Neiswander, head of Africa operations for World Bicycle Relief, said: "We've already seen the enormous impact of the bicycles in the day-to-day lives."

Pedro's CEO, Christopher Zigmont, said: "Keeping those bikes rolling has the potential to provide independence and livelihood that can affect change within an entire village."

Bikes make it easier and quicker for volunteers to reach those in need, while carrying significantly more supplies.

World Bicycle Relief was founded in 2005 by SRAM Corporation and Trek Bicycles in response to the December 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

It has now partnered with a USAID-funded, World Vision-led coalition of relief organisations to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Zambia.

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