05 Jun Giving Back and Giving Hope, One Bike At A Time
By David Baum, CEO, Sckipio
When we founded Sckipio in 2012, we set forth to become the leader in Gfast technology to deliver ultra broadband access. We also made giving back to society and those in need a part of our business ethos. As with our previous ventures and like many other Israeli startups, Sckipio participates in Tmura, donating equity in hope that a successful exit will provide proceeds to support education- and youth-related charities in Israel. We like to bring on board to the Sckipio team people who are involved in their communities and doing charitable works outside the office.
Shawn Holliday, Senior Director of Business Development at Sckipio, who is not only engaged in acts that improve the world, he’s leading them:
Ten years ago, Shawn founded Cycles 4 Hope, a non-profit organization serving people in need in the greater Sacramento California region by positively impacting lives with bicycles and messages of hope. The organization’s motto is “giving, recycling, empowering.” Since its inception, Cycles 4 Hope has given away more than 10,000 bicycles, all donated by the community and refurbished by volunteers.
In recent years, Cycles 4 Hope has expanded to bring bicycles to those in need in Northern Mexico and Africa. In April, Shawn and other volunteers headed to Guadalupe Victoria in Mexico, a very impoverished area southeast of Mexicali, to bring bicycles, supplies and tools, and conduct bike repair workshops. In just five days, volunteers repaired more than 300 bikes and taught local teenagers how to maintain and repair their bikes, which are for some their only means of transportation. Cycles 4 Hope received funding to purchase toolsets and bike mechanic supplies, and to train five young adults to be local bike experts.
“I’m happy to work for a company like Sckipio that enables employees to give back to the global community,” said Shawn. “There is so much that we can do with this kind of support and encouragement to provide hope through something as simple as a bicycle.”
Cycles 4 Hope is currently in the process of raising $10,000 to fund their move to a larger warehouse space that will become the organization’s new headquarters and home for wrench nites, storage, donations, sales, training classes, and corporate team building and service events. As Shawn says, more space equals more bikes, which equals more hope, joy, independence and opportunity for the people we serve.
If you’d like to learn more about Cycles 4 Hope or donate, go to: