The Western Australian Tandem Cycling Advisory Council is a charitable organisation whose purpose is to support blind and vision-impaired cycling in Western Australia. WATCAC have recently been the recipients of a $9,300 donation through an ‘Earning To Give’ initiative operated by national bicycle retailer 99 Bikes.
Under this program the company donates the equivalent of 1% of employees’ wages to their chosen charity. Charities supported by 99 Bikes have included Beyond Blue, WWF, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Social Ventures Australia, Black Dog Institute, Movember and Starlight Children Foundation. Since its inception in 2016, donations have exceeded $1.4 million. Now WATCAC has the privilege of being added to that list.
Since opening their first shop in regional NSW in 2007, 99 Bikes have grown a national network into Australia’s largest bike retailer. Their aspiration is to be the world’s most approachable bike shops.
In addition to their Earn To Give initiative, 99 Bikes run an Upcycle program with donations of used bikes to local charities. This avoids landfill and gives bikes to those in need. In Western Australia this program is partnered with Dismantle, a charity that empowers and enables vulnerable young people to live their life in a self-directed way. You can take your 2nd hand bike to any Perth 99 Bikes store, and they will donate the bike to Dismantle.
Thank-you 99 Bikes for your great service helping to maintain our tandem fleet and for recognising WATCAC as a worthy recipient of your generous Earn To Give program for 2022/23.
Read more about WATCAC’s fabulous purpose here https://watcac.org/about
Read more about 99 BIKES fabulous initiatives here https://www.99bikes.com.au/purpose-initiatives