From spring to autumn, the Foundation visits various cultural, social, and sports events with its two specially-modified stationary bicycles and offers attendees the opportunity to support non-profit organizations by pedaling on the bicycles for one minute.
Eurocup at the ČEZ Arena in Pardubice
On March 23, 2010, the “Orange Bicycle” came to the semi-final match of the Eurocup European basketball championship at the ČEZ Arena in Pardubice. Visitors to the championship had the opportunity to pedal the specially-modified stationary bicycle to help raise funds for two non-profit organizations. In the end, a total of CZK 150,000 was raised. Czech Olympic athletes Martina Sáblíková and Robert Změlík took turns pedaling.
“The money will go towards the purchase of another vehicle, which is extremely important for our work,” said Jitka Varechová, director of the Ondrášek mobile hospice.
Summer of Smiles (Vysmáté léto) in Kadaň
The Nadace ČEZ Foundation’s “Orange Bicycle” charity project was also part of the program accompanying the Summer of Smiles rock festival in Kadaň, where on July 25, 2010 it raised CZK 100,287 for two non-profit organizations in North Bohemia. The money benefited children from the orphanage in Mašťov and the RADKA Civic Association in Kadaň.
“Our building is old and has various technical problems. Therefore, we intend to use the donation from Orange Bicycle to fund necessary repairs. We get an average of 1,000 visitors per month, and in order to offer them the best possible services, we need to have high-quality facilities,” said Hana Vodrážková, director of the RADKA Civic Association.
Adrenalin Cup 2011 in Ostravice
On June 25, 2011, as teams of extreme athletes competed in the Adrenalin Cup 2011 on foot, in gliders, on bicycles, and in kayaks, at the CEZ Group’s Orange Bicycle booth visitors pedaled a specially-modified stationary bicycle to benefit charitable causes. Several hundred people took advantage of the opportunity to ride the Orange Bicycle and thereby raise money for the non-profit organizations Dad and Mom Foundation (Nadace táta a máma) and Line of Joy (Linie radosti). The final amount raised totaled over CZK 100,000. Eager to help, Olympic medalist in the whitewater slalom Lukáš Pollert, mountain climber Leopold Sulovský, professional cyclist Tereza Huříková, and cross-country skiers Dušan Kožíšek and Aleš Razým all came out for the event.
Jičín – City of Fairy Tales (Jičín – město pohádky)
When Jičín held its all-day City of Fairy Tales festival on September 10, 2011, the Orange Bicycle was there. One of the volunteers who pedaled it to support a good cause was skier Šárka Záhrobská. When the day was done, she presented cheques totaling CZK 100,000 to representatives of two selected non-profit organizations: the Tereza Day Center for the handicapped in Semily, and the Fokus Center for the mentally impaired in Mladá Boleslav.