First bikes delivered to school children in Sri Lanka through WiTR+’s 2024 charity program

FRASI, the Swiss non-profit association whose Bike to School program is the beneficiary of the 2024 WiTR+ charity endeavor, reports that the first bikes for 2024 have been delivered.

The organization’s website has been updated, and shows the WiTR+ support. In addition, the bikes show the WITr+ logo on the baskets. The first donation was the result of a generous donation by Miami-based distribution company Essence Corp, whose vice president Patricia Bona nominated the charity for this year, along with monies raised during the WiTR+ gathering during the Summit of the Americas. 

WiTR+ will be running gatherings all over the world throughout the year, culminating in the annual get-together during the TFWA Tax Free World Exhibition in Cannes in October. There will continue to be fund-raising activities at many of these meetings.

The goal of the 2024 WiTR+ charity is to raise €15,000 to fund 200 bicycles which children can use to travel to school, as a way to prevent at-risk students from dropping out due to dangerous travel conditions on the streets of Sri Lanka during the current environment of unrest.

This is the second year that the FRASI Bike to School program exists. The initiative has chosen 96 male and 104 female students of the Welusumana Maha Vidyalaya school in Seeppukulama in the Anuradhapura district, who live more than 5 km away from schools. The students have shown good academic performance and their families are in economic difficulty.

In addition to receiving bicycles, the recipients receive a good cyclist’s kit (helmet, protection, lights, bell), instructions for safe driving, the creation of “bike to school routes” that will help them discover routes for safer mobility. In addition, the program includes the creation of cycle workshops in schools and the training of students by expert maintenance workers to carry out small repairs to bicycles.

Patricia Bona is just back from Switzerland and reports that everyone at FRASI “is thrilled to have received the first funds of the first fundraising drive.”

To donate to this very worthy endeavor, please go to https://www.womenintr.com/Projects

For further information about FRASI and the Bike to School project please visit https://www.associazionefrasi.org/