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A tale of a teahouse and teapots!
Reid | 08/28/2010 | 6:12 pm | Our B4H Community | No comments

Chapter 1: Another Man`s Motive

Once there was a bloke who dreamed of opening a plant nursery on his paddock. That dream included a Tearooms, “Cup of tea with the cows” type tearooms. Council approval is needed for such things. The building, position of the gate, colour of the roof, the shape of the teacups…..all the usual red tape. Eventually he managed to find his way though the maze of conditions. Those tearooms opened.

He applied for permission to place a cut-out teapot on the roof of the tearooms. But AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH! EEEEEEEEEEEEEK! No luck.

Sitting in his long standing, approved, good taste hayshed (ipso octo hocto procto) he licked his metaphorical wounds and thought. And thought. Suddenly, a light globe appeared above his head. An ‘edison’ moment! A way to get a large teapot, if not on the roof, then into the paddock between the teahouse and the road.

As a member of the local bushfire brigade, he knew they needed money. And he needed a teapot. Thus was born the Teapot Sculpture Competition. An acquisitive prize of $500, the winning sculpture stays on site. Voting is by patrons of the teahouse who respond with a gold coin in the tin (read… teapot- corresponding – with slot- atop tin).

Chapter 2: An Eye on the Prize.
As to our involvement, that’s easy. Kerry dreamed up the idea. A bad tempered teapot running away. Teagon the Teapot, like that resentful magic pudding, is sick to death of being called on to provide. Sooooo, Teagon runs away. Bloke on a bicycle is chasing, one hand steering, the other outstretched with cup in hand.

She then rounded up her artisans.  Instructed and supervised me in the drawing, sent me under the house for “that perfect old 44 gallon drum thing” then handed the drawings to Hans. The photos below are the result of what Hans did with the idea and drawings (and several “search and deploy” trips to likely places). Teagon’s hands are a work of art in themselves. Kerry took me to the hardware store to supervise the purchase of the paint – colour consultant is not exactly the term. Colour controller. My programme for next few days has been decided. PAINT TEAGON.

Chapter 3 (read only if the story to date hasn`t revealed all to you )
This , the B4H entry, is aimed for a crack at the $500 prize. You, of the support gang and therefore with natural immaculate artistic taste where large teapots are concerned, are invited to cheer from afar or drop by with your gold coin if within dropping distance in next 2 months. So if you’re in the Southern Highlands area drop in to the Tearooms at the intersection of Mt Broughton and Werai Roads, Werai. Werai sitting mid- way between Mossvale and Exeter.

Attached are a couple ‘candids’, unauthorised, papparRATzi style ,sneaky, pre-finish photos of said teapot, One includes it`s creator Hans. Our entry will be named “First Catch your Teapot”.

Tommy ,(as this emerging masterpiece was dubbed before a search for a name to reflect bad attitude in a teapot became Teagon(e) ( painful but potent pun),  is frozen in his flight from his appointed job of tea supply. Running from all those who would demand it of him, hand holding his bowler hat lid, sprinting for freedom.

Part two of the sculpture will be the B4H cartoon cyclist, wrought in iron, chasing, arm outstretched, teacup in hand.( still dependent on deadlines being meetable) As you can see, Hans has created a masterpiece of nonsense!

Suddenly: “We don’t want to win the prize! -  it`s too grand for $500. We need to NOT win, then have a rich Nonsense-Art collector offer us $1500!” (Yes, I told `im e`s dreamin. kerry).

Anyhow, my job of giving the teapot a face to expose it’s bad attitude and mood, has become fear inducing. Painting a upside down smiley face on a steel can sounded easy. as you can see, A metre high teapot made by Hans…. is NOT a steel can. How can I do justice to  that talent?

Oh dear, oh dearie me, alas and alac – woe has finally betided me!

Murray (Highland’s Bikes 4 Humanity)

Pictures of our projects on Flickr
Reid | 08/15/2010 | 8:20 pm | Our B4H Community | No comments

Take visual tour of our Bikes 4 Tanzania project at the Bikes for Humanity Sydney picture library on Flickr.

For more pictures on the Bikes 4 Namibia Project see The Bicycle Empowerment Network picture library on Flickr.

$4000 raised in the 2010 City 2 Surf!
Reid | 08/15/2010 | 8:11 am | Our B4H Community | No comments

What a perfect day. Temperature just right, sun shining on the harbour as thousands of people took the 14km 2010 City 2 Surf challenge. Well done everyone, our team came 12th in the charity category with lots of spectacular personal bests achieved.

Thanks to all our fundraisers  we raised over $4000, with more coming in. Its a great result for the Bikes 4 Tanzania project and it means we’ve almost raised enough to ship the bikes.

A very big thanks to Linley and David Brill, and the PAWA association for providing a perfect end of race rest spot, food and drink. The chocolate cake with “Go Team” and our B4H mascot on it was a very nice touch. Linley and David have also raised over $1000 putting in a massive effort at two days of sausage sizzle’s at Bunnings, Dubbo.

Thanks again everyone. Hope to see you next time.

Sun Herald 11 July 2010
Reid | 07/12/2010 | 2:27 pm | Our B4H Community | No comments

The Herald ran a story on Bikes for Humanity this week. We had four runners in the photo in Hyde park. Unfortunately, Melita, Sam and Rob got edited out of the story. Better luck next time getting the full crew in the photo. Big thanks go to the Sun Herald and Every Day Heroes.

A Small Ride That’s a Big Wheel in Congo
James | 11/11/2009 | 7:27 am | Our B4H Community | No comments
A Chukudu

A Chukudu

“Chu-ku-du, chu-ku-du, chu-ku-du” goes the wooden scooter as it bumps along the lava-covered streets of this central African city. It’s a strange-looking contraption, like a handmade toy for grown-ups: two rubber-covered wheels connected by a board, with a steering handle atop an upside-down fork.

Read the full article at The Washington Post.

B4HS Community
James | 11/03/2009 | 8:57 pm | Our B4H Community | 1 Comment

Coming soon the stories of the people who give the bikes, give time, fund raise, and give money. We’re hoping all of these people feel great about it. We know many people across our the wider B4HS community have fantastic stories to share.

This is your chance to share them with the world.

For the latest blog news see News

City 2 Surf, August 2009
James | 10/30/2009 | 6:16 pm | Our B4H Community | No comments

What a great B4H team we had in the Sydney City to Surf on Sunday 1 August 2009. A fantastic effort on the day from Stu, Ulrika, James, Geoff, Reid and Moke. Some cracking times and lots of personal bests. Nice going guys.

The City2Surf Athletes

The City2Surf Athletes

So Reid, how was the race?
It was heaps of fun, I’m addicted. After having plenty of time to get over our pre-race jitters Geoff and I ran out hard. It just happened that we started the same time as the first place getter was crossing the finish line in 41min. Wow! That’s an average speed of 21km/h. 60,000 had already crossed the start line before Geoff and I began our race. Lots were walking, making it an epic 14km long obstacle course. We ducked and weaved, mainly running on the curb area where there were less people. Unfortunately, this meant we had to jump gutters, dodge poles and duck for trees.

At the top of heartbreak hill I started racing some guy in a Sydney Water shirt. We exchanged the “lead” all the way into the last 500m. That’s when I was amazed to find I still had some energy left in the tank and did what felt like a sprint finish. It must have been Moke’s expert pre-race training advice. In the end I couldn’t see whether Sydney Water or I crossed the line first. Looking at the video of the finish though it looked more like an amble than a sprint. But it felt like a mighty battle against a mighty opponent. Anyway, we smashed our personal bests and our race targets, we ran happy and had a big meal at the end to top off a great day. All the donations were a massive inspiration, particularly those from my young niece and nephews who parted with their hard earned pocket money!

Did we reach our fundraising target?
Yes! The $1000 fundraising target was well and truly exceeded early on with a heap of very generous donations coming in from our friends and family. Thank you so much to everyone who donated. You’ve been very generous and given B4H – Sydney some significant momentum.

Altogether, we raised $2,165.

With this amount raised we’re 1/6 of the way toward funding the shipping of our first container of bikes, which is huge for our first fundraising event!

All the Fun of the Technology Faire
James | 10/29/2009 | 11:27 pm | Our B4H Community | 1 Comment
Maker Fair

Maker Fair

African Innovation at work! For example “Bernard Kiwia is a bicycle mechanic from Arusha, Tanzania. He has created windmills, water pumps, mobile phone chargers and pedal-powered hacksaws, all from old bike parts.”

Read the full story at the Guardian