100 Bicycles for 100 Years Initiative

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Defending Indy 500 Champion Juan Pablo Montoya Commits to Raising Funds for 100 Bicycles for Students in Colombia Click the link for all info!

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Defending Indy 500 Champion Juan Pablo Montoya Commits to Raising Funds for 100 Bicycles for Students in Colombia

The Initiative “100 for 100” will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500 and provide 100 bicycles to students in Colombia

Chicago, IL (May 10, 2016)- During the month of May, defending Indy 500 Champion, Juan Pablo Montoya and his foundation, Formula Smiles, have partnered with Postobon and World Bicycle Relief to raise awareness and funds for 100 bicycles for students in Colombia through the Mi Bici Program. The initiative “100 for 100” celebrates the 100th anniversary of Indy 500 race on May 29th and hopes to bring together all Montoya fans and race enthusiasts in support of students in Colombia. To rally his supporters, Juan Pablo Montoya has pledged to match the first 100 bicycles raised with another 100 bicycles with a donation of $14,700.

“The 100th running of the Indy 500 is a very special event. To celebrate this milestone and to add to its significance, I wanted to make an impact off the track. Through my foundation, Formula Smiles, we have partnered with World Bicycle Relief and Postobon to raise funds for 100 bicycles for students in Colombia through the Mi Bici program. I invite everyone to support our efforts to ensure that more Colombian children have fewer obstacles to overcome and they are better equipped to access an education,” said Juan Pablo Montoya.

In Colombia and other rural areas in the developing world, distance prevents children from attending school. After walking long distances to school, students are often tired and their academic performance suffers. With a reliable bicycle, student attendance and academic performance improve. The Mi Bici program sponsored by Postobon distributes bicycles to Colombian students with the aim to improve education quality and student performance and contribute to Colombia’s development through high impact, innovative solutions. Formula Smiles and Postobon have partnered with World Bicycle Relief to deliver the bicycles; World Bicycle Relief is a global non-profit that builds and distributes specially designed, rugged bicycles to students, health care workers and entrepreneurs in developing countries.

To learn more and to support the “100 for 100” initiative, please visit:

http://100for100.worldbicyclerelief.org

About Formula Smiles Foundation:

Formula Smiles is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 by the Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya that seeks to improve the quality of life for Colombian children by

providing life-changing tools. Since its inception, Formula Smiles has benefited more than 5,000 children in vulnerable areas of Colombia.

About Mi Bici Program:

Mi Bici Postobon is a program in the Uno mas Todos sustainability framework of Postobon. The program aims to improve education quality and performance in the rural areas of Colombia, using bicycles as an integral transformational tool for our beneficiaries’ well-being. For more information, please visit: www.unomastodos.com

About Postobon:

Postobon is the largest non-alcoholic beverage company in Colombia. Postobon has a wide portfolio of beverages that includes soft drinks, fruit juices, bottled water, tea and energy drinks. Postobon is committed to improving lives in Colombia through its Uno mas Todos sustainability program. Uno mas Todos seeks innovative interventions and solutions that make the greatest impact for beneficiaries. For over fifty years, Postobón has been the main sponsor of sports in Colombia. It is the sponsor of Colombia’s national cycling team, baseball team, and skating team. In addition, Postobon owns a professional soccer team, sponsors 4 other soccer teams directly and 3 through Pepsico, and it sponsors the Manzana Postobon Cycling Team. Last year, it launched Talentos Deportivos Postobón, a 5 year program to support young talent. Today the program has 25 athletes in 16 disciplines.

About World Bicycle Relief:

Founded in 2005, World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people throughThe Power of Bicycles®. World Bicycle Relief accomplishes its mission by distributing specially designed, high quality bicycles through philanthropic and social enterprise programs. These purpose designed bikes are built to withstand the challenging terrain and conditions in rural, developing areas. Entrepreneurs use the bike to increase productivity and profits. Students attend class more regularly and their academic performances improve. And, health care workers visit more patients in less time, providing better, more consistent care. World Bicycle Relief also promotes local economies and long-term sustainability by assembling bicycles locally and training field mechanics. To date, World Bicycle Relief has delivered over 285,000 bicycles and trained over 1,000 field  mechanics in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America.

For more information, please visit: www.worldbicyclerelief.org/ Follow us @PowerOfBicycles and Like us at facebook.com/worldbicyclerelief

For more information, please visit: www.worldbicyclerelief.org/ Follow us @PowerOfBicycles and Like us at facebook.com/worldbicyclerelief

World Bicycle Relief Media Contact:

Brooke Slezak brooke@brookeslezak.com press@worldbicyclerelief.org Mobile: 917.689.6024