Austin-Lehman was just awarded the Global Vision Award for corporate innovation by Travel & Leisure for our work with Wheels of Change. As well as the Global Vision Award Austin-Lehman Adventures was ranked among Top Five of World’s Best Tour Operators by Travel & Leisure for 2011
This prestigious award for our “corporate innovation” only fuels our passion to create more sustainable travel opportunities for all travelers. By creating a non-profit like Wheels of Change it gives Austin Lehman Adventures the unique opportunity to help people on a worldwide level.
Wheels of Change is a non-profit that provides donated bicycles to communities in Africa. This year Austin Lehman Adventures collected 350+ bikes to send to Nairobi, Africa. Austin Lehman Adventures pioneered a sustainable bike shop by using the shipping container to be the bike shop, along with providing tools and training the bike shops become a source of new jobs in the community.
- A healthcare worker visits 3 to 4 times the number of clients with a bicycle compared to walking.
- Girls are 70 percent more likely to attend school if their household owns a bicycle.
- 5km on foot = 1 hour / 5km by bicycle = 20 minutes.
- A bicycle carries up to 5 times the load compared with a person walking.
Dan Austin in Africa
Director, Dan Austin: “This effort was so energizing and eye-opening! We witnessed the community (and our staff) rally to collect hundreds and hundreds of bikes and through it all, I kept learning more and more about the process, the opportunities and the growing need for such programs in rural Africa.”
Austin-Lehman is very honored to receive the Global Vision Award and it inspires us to continue our philanthropic approach to creating better and more sustainable adventure travel.
Want to help Wheels for Change? Check out www.wocmontana.org and become a fan on Facebook
Check out Austin Lehman Adventures in action while we packed our shipping container for Nairobi!