A Group of Pinoys Have Started an Initiative to Donate Bikes to Those in Need

And you can send bike pledges and refer beneficiaries, too!

PHOTO BY Pixabay/djedj ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) Filipinos are well known for bayanihan, which refers to our initiative to help out someone in need by pooling together manpower and/or resources. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we're seeing more and more of this trait as private companies and individuals donate much-needed PPEs to health care workers, food supply to displaced workers, and face masks to those who can't afford it. Bicycles have also become a popular mode of transportation as the ongoing quarantine has made bus and train operations limited. To help provide two-wheeled vehicles to hardworking Filipinos who have been walking long distances to work, a group of young artists started Bikeyanihan.

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The team, which is composed of De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde alumni namely Nikki Angeles, Marley Alconera, Nicole Dyogi, Joni De Guzman, JP Anonuevo, Marge Abordo, Yvette Cruz, Erika De Castro, and Leslie Dy, tapped into their know-how on multimedia arts and marketing to seek bike donations. They were inspired by a viral video of an 87-year-old candy vendor who had to walk daily from Pasay to Makati. Tatay Carlo Samonte has been eyeing a 4,800-peso bicycle that he can't afford, so the bike shop owner Fe Carandang decided to give it to him for free.

"Honestly, we started this movement without having the end of it in mind. Our heads and hearts were only thinking about one thing—to lend a hand. My friends and I are blessed enough to have the means of transportation we need for work and for our daily routines and seeing unfortunate people having a hard time earning their wages," Abordo shared.

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Antonio del Pilar from Rosario, Pasig is one of the beneficiaries of Bikeyanihan. He now bikes to work at a construction site in BGC.
PHOTO Courtesy of Bikeyanihan

So far, Bikeyanihan has donated bicycles to over 20 beneficiaries, including a 57-year-old fish vendor, who is raising a family of 11; a 54-year-old construction worker from Pasig, who works in Bonifacio Global City; and a 33-year-old street sweeper in Parañaque. They also partnered with other groups, such as Kita Ka, which provided bike reflector; The Happy Helmet Project, which donated helmets; and Sama-Sama Project, which gave washable face masks to the beneficiaries.

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You can donate any amount or pledge a brand-new bike (priced around P2,500 to P4,500) through through the following:

  • BPI: Account name: Leslie Sharleene Dy; account number: 9469250935
  • GCash: Account name: Leslie Sharleene Dy; GCash number: 0917-503-0767);
  • PayMaya: Account name: Nicole Veronica Angeles; account number: 0977 830 1221) 
  • PayPal: Account name: Paypal; e-mail: yvettezurc@gmail.com

You can also refer beneficiaries by sending their story to Bikeyanihan's official Facebook and Instagram pages.

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