Cycling Without Age
November 20, 2018
In your own words, tell us about your project.
Why did you do this work?
What was the impact or outcome of your project?
“On behalf of myself, the residents and families that have taken trips out with the volunteers and myself we want to say a sincere thank you to you all for your support, sponsorship, guidance and good humour. The trishaw has brought so many opportunities for our residents that they just would never have had without it. I took a spin out yesterday with a lady and her niece, she has significant issues and usually spends long periods of the day in bed. Yesterday was the first time she agreed to leave the unit in months and she opened up like a flower when we cycled thought the tree-lined streets of Dublin 8 and around the area she used to live in. This project is making a real difference to our residents’ quality of life.” From Bellvilla Community Hospital in Dublin 8. Their trishaw has been sponsored by Zendesk, the software company, whose staff are their pilots.
One unexpected outcome was that several companies have come on board to sponsor trishaws, using their CSR (corporate social responsibility) budgets and programmes. Canada Life Re-Insurance have sponsored two and are planning to sponsor their third trishaw in 2019. Two schools TY (transition year) students have set up mini-companies to fund-raise to buy bikes and they get to choose where their bike goes. Healthy Ireland has also, via some Local Sports Partnerships, sponsored five bikes to date. Thus, the impact is far wider than just the benefits to the passengers. It is bringing the community of Ireland together, in support of a worthwhile project that is sustainable and healthy in every way. Pilots are volunteering, spreading the word and signing up to participate.