The good folks at Tern have always committed to giving away 1% of profits annually to good causes... but this year they decided to donate five GSD e-cargo bikes to deserving non-profit organisations instead, and have told how the chosen companies are making use of their bikes.
Tern say giving away the GSD's plus accessories has actually exceeded the 1% benchmark in terms of value and making an impactful contribution. Josh Hon of Tern said: "Giving GSD's to organisations that are making a meaningful difference in people's lives inspires the entire Tern team. For example, DUO for a JOB specifically works with recent immigrants to help them gain meaningful employment. With so much recent political rhetoric against immigrants, we couldn't help but want to support this organisation in the work that they do."
DUO for a JOB, from Belgium, are using their GSD to transport materials to job fairs and other career-related events in inner-city locations that are often difficult to access by car. The other winners include SAMPAS, also from Belgium, Replate (USA), The Council on Aging of Central Oregon (USA) and Le Détour de Pointe Saint-Charles (Canada).
SAMPAS is a team of mobile medical and social workers offering treatment to current/former drug users infected with hepatitis C. They're using their GSD to transport diagnostic equipment and even a portable tent for medical screening sessions, using the bike whenever possible for its convenience and environmental benefits.
Replate is a food recovery company who redistributes food to communities who need it, and use the bike to move food packages across San Francisco. The Council on Aging of Central Oregon deliver meals on wheels to elderly residents with their GSD, while the Le Détour de Pointe Saint-Charles grocery store use it to deliver groceries to local residents with limited mobility. Tern say: "The GSD is helping these five organisations carry more cargo, strengthen social bonds, and overcome logistical obstacles—without resorting to adding another car."