New Stafford Collection Point

Have you just spring cleaned your garden shed? Sorted through that dusty book case? And do you live in the Stafford area? If you’ve answered yes, we may be able to help!

David Stevens in the ST16 postcode area has offered to be a collection point for us. You can take a bag of books, an old bike or a sewing machine to him and when he has a whole van load, we’ll go and collect the whole lot in one go.

If you want to contact David directly he can be reached on: 07811740145

Thank you so much David from the team at Krizevac. Not only are you helping local recycling, you’re helping to get invaluable resources to Malawi where lives are being transformed!

Thanks to local companies

We’d like to say a huge thank you to L&R site services and Nigel Holdcroft Auto Bodies both in Stoke on Trent. They’ve given us huge amounts on time in helping us to get our new Elephant Bike range ready for sale. The bikes are looking great and we’ll be ready for launch in just a few weeks thanks to lots of hard work from lots of good people!

Elephant Bikes lined up waiting for their stickers!

Elephant Bikes lined up waiting for their stickers!

Royal Bank of Scotland Interest

We were joined today by 5 willing volunteers from the Royal Bank of Scotland who are taking their corporate social responsibility seriously by releasing staff to volunteer for charities. By complete coincidence, today, we also received a container full of donated bikes from Halfords… 823 bikes in fact and only three hours to unload before the lorry was due to drive away.

There are probably a few quick quips here about “how many bankers does it take to unload a container”. But in all seriousness, they worked their socks off and we couldn’t have wished for nicer people to have around for the day.

823 bikes unloaded from the container and stacked in our unit in just 1 hour! That has to be a record breaker. The RBS guys stayed around to help turn pedals and handle bars ready for loading back in to a container to send to Beebikes in Malawi.

Richard Allmark a RBS Manager told us, “it’s been great to help out for the day, we’re all really impressed with this very dynamic charity; the way Krizevac is helping to end poverty by supporting business start-ups in Africa rather than giving hand-outs  just makes so much sense”.

Our thanks go to Voluntary Action Stoke-On-Trent for organising the volunteers.

RBS Volunteers with the container nearly empty in record time

RBS Volunteers with the container nearly empty in record time

Adding bikes to the pile ready for Malawi

Adding bikes to the pile ready for Malawi

Starring roles for the Busy Bees!

Ooooh we’re excited again here at Krizevac; this time we’re in a flap and buzzing about our new Beehive film! Our last blog launched the Mother Teresa movie showing how 1000’s of vulnerable children are benefiting from the efforts and expertise of the team in Malawi. This short film, shows how we manage to fund the children’s centre through trade and enterprise.

If you have ever donated a bike, a sewing machine or a book, this is where it goes. Not only do the resources create training and work opportunities, they generate the funds to help educate the next generation. We hope you are as impressed as we are at how the amazing Beehive team transform our donated items into hugely valuable resources.

We had great fun filming with a drone camera and we’ll forever remember the shouts of “helicopter helicopter” from the children when we were flying it. It was definitely a first for Chilomoni Township and the footage from the skies really shows how Beehive is truly at the heart of this very special community. But I am in danger of giving too much away and spoiling this amazing film; kick back, put your feet up for a few minutes and enjoy… Beehive Centre for Social Enterprise on film.

Huge thanks to Ollie Bostock and Brian Hardy for the excellent filming and editing, you’ve captured the heart and soul of Beehive. Thank you once again to our sponsors Mobal Communications Ltd for ongoing support. And last but definitely not least our congratulations and thanks to all the busy bees at Beehive Centre for Social Enterprise you are all amazing.

You can also view, like and share this film on our Facebook Page

Mother Teresa- The Movie!

We are very excited and pleased to present our first ever video to feature the wonderful work at Mother Teresa Children’s Centre. Ever wondered why we work so hard to raise income by renting JCB’s and selling bikes and books in Malawi? Well it’s all for this very special centre and these fantastic children.

A huge thank you to our amazing volunteers (past and present), your efforts helped to build a dedicated and compassionate team of Care Givers. Congratulations and thank you to all the Care Givers and MTCC support staff who are working so hard to achieve the vision. Thanks as ever to Mobal Communications Ltd who funded the construction and set-up costs.

This centre is helping all children in Chilomoni to have the best possible start in life and to create the next generation of Malawian Leaders. Here at Krizevac we are proud and privileged to be part of such an inspirational project. .

So fetch the pop-corn, sit back and enjoy, MTCC the movie….

Or click here to play on Youtube

Like our film? Please visit our Facebook Page to like and share us with your friends.

Getting ready for our exciting launch….

The last time we blogged about the Royal Mail bikes, it was to describe how they are helping an endangered species in Africa. This time, it’s all about how an endangered species is helping us here in the UK!

As Royal Mail bikes are phased out, the mechanics who have looked after the bikes for years are being re-deployed into other roles. So a Royal Mail Bike Mechanic is now a rare species. Luckily for us, there are still a few of these precious people left and Adrian Ards, a RM Mechanic from Liverpool was kind enough to visit for a day. He came to show our team all the tips of the trade when it comes to keeping Royal Mail bikes in tip-top condition. This is going to be a huge help as we renovate a limited number of bikes ready for sale here in the UK.

Adrian points out to Terry that this one really does need a saddle!

Adrian points out to Terry that this one really does need a saddle!

Once renovated, they’ll be called “Elephant Bike”. For every bike we sell, one will be donated to Africa and in addition 100% of money made will be directly benefiting our projects in Africa as well. So buying one of our Elephant Bikes means you grab a piece of British history and help vulnerable people in Africa too. All the bikes are fully re-furbished to an incredibly high standard and painted in a range of elephant friendly colours (confused? See our blog post from 19/3/2015 for an explanation!) We’ve just got the first few back from the prison who are doing the refurbishment and we think they look absolutely beautiful! It won’t be long until we’re ready to take orders, but you can let us know by email or phone right now if you are interested!

Chove Chove

Every week for Beehive begins with assembly. It’s a time for the whole team to get together to think, reflect, pray, sing, and to share news. Each team takes a turn at leading assembly; everyone loves the sweet tones of the tailoring choir especially and it makes for an uplifting start to the week.

During our recent visit, it was the turn of “Mitsidi”, that’s the place where all the volunteers live along with IT students from JPII. On hearing the news that it was our turn, we looked at each other in horror, sank in our seats and generally hoped that it may all go away if we didn’t think about it. The volunteers are never keen to offer themselves up for singing and dancing in front of 100 or so people. But this time, we had the film crew with us! “Let’s get a screen organised and show them bits of Beehive footage” I said…. pure genius, we wouldn’t even have to leave our seats. “Yes, lets make a music video” Declan said. Wait! What? That wasn’t the idea at all. But there’s no stopping Declan when he has a good idea! So here it is, the Mitsidi gang, lip-syncing to Chove Chove, with some snippets of Chilomoni and Beehive as filmed by the amazing Brian and Ollie. I am sure they won’t thank me for publishing this, so I should point out that it was a quick 15 minute edit, not one of the “real” films, they’ll be coming very soon.

Royal Mail Bikes Helping to Protect the Black Rhino

We’ve just made the 5000 mile trip back from Malawi, another incredible trip to the “Warm Heart”. This time Krizevac was lucky to be joined by Ollie Bostock of Hewitt and Walker and Brian Hardy from Sue Overton Advance Practice. They volunteered their considerable skills as film makers for two weeks to produce some updated films for the Krizevac website.

Pictured here, Ollie and Brian are being adventurers and adventurous in Liwonde National Park. Six of our Royal Mail Bikes were donated to the Leefa Team at Liwonde. Their role is to maintain the Rhino Sanctuary fence, so the rare black rhinos can thrive in a natural but protected environment. The fence is damaged on a regular basis by elephants who don’t care much for personal space!

Ollie and Brian filming action shots

Ollie and Brian filming action shots

We were lucky enough to meet Bentley Palmer, principal donor of the Rhino project, an incredible man who is passionate about protecting this endangered species. He was kind enough to spare a few moments to be interviewed and he explained why “Royal Mail Red” really isn’t suitable for bikes in the bush. The bikes need to blend in, so they don’t attract too much attention from the elephants. Wallace one of the Fence Maintenance Team told us a hair-raising story of how he was once chased for twenty minutes, pedaling furiously to get away from an angry elephant! Ollie and Brian captured some great footage of Wallace patrolling the fence on his very safe, very green so as not to be seen, “Elephant Bike”.

Wallace explains the importance of the fence

Wallace explains the importance of the fence

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's the drone camera capturing footage of Wallce relaxing by the croc filled river!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s the drone camera capturing footage of Wallace relaxing by the Croc filled river!

Special thanks to Krisztián Gyöngyi, Rhino Monitoring & Research Ecologist, who gave us so much time and help so we could film the donated bikes in action and to Orsi for the kind hospitality.

Watch this space… new films coming soon!

Floods Appeal Update

We’ve had a great response to our appeal for donations to help our Malawian friends as they cope with floods and contaminated water supplies. Please don’t stop donating! We would like to say a huge thank you to Toureen Mangan and Precon Products who have donated a massive £7500 worth of heavy duty plastic sheeting. It will be used to make temporary repairs and prevent further damage to housing. We’ll send it by air as soon as possible and thank you to IFB Freight Forwarders for organising the donated space on the plane.

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