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By Eliza Shaw
Volunteers take elderly residents from Care Homes out for rides on an electric trishaw: our campaign to buy Richmond’s first non-profit trishaw; to give elderly people the right to wind in their hair.
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Cycling Without Age, was founded in Copenhagen by Ole Kasow. A few years ago, it struck him that many elderly people could no longer experience this wonderful feeling of freedom and independence because of their physical condition. So he rented a rickshaw, went to a retirement home and offered his pedal-power to an elderly person from a care. After realising the positive effects this had on the residents, he has turned the idea into non-for-profit campaign to sell these bikes (and shares the knowledge) across the globe. This crowdfunding campaign is looking to fundraise enough money for one electric trishaw, as well as any maintenance costs associated with the bicycle to ensure that the bike gets properly looked after. By joining together Richmond Cycling Campaign, local volunteer organisations, and elderly care homes, the idea is to make volunteering more fun and proactive for both the volunteers.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This idea aligns with the Mayor’s crowdfunding platform vision, Richmond Cycling Campaign’s agenda and Cycling Without Age’s principles, by: Getting residents, both volunteers and the elderly, outside and enjoying the outdoors Bridging gaps between generations Encouraging active travel and sustainable transport Mobilising volunteers, because cycling is fun! Scalability: we can use this as a pilot project that can be implemented in other London boroughs, both in the public and private sectors.
Steps to get it done:
It starts with the simple act of generosity. Give our time to the elderly when they gave us their care and time. There are a lot of stories to be shared through storytelling from our elders, but also from us. They want to listen to us too and through this bridge we form relationships. We take our time, and the act of cycling slowly helps us take in the experience and appreciate it. ‘Without age’ is the principle of how life does not end at a given age, but instead we can embrace what each generation has to offer through something as simple as cycling.
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