Bikes wanted for Africa

Published 20/11/2013 | 05:22

THE Rotary Clubs of Bray and Wicklow are seeking used bikes to refurbish and send to schoolchildren in The Gambia in West Africa.

Collection Day is Saturday November 23 between 9.30am to 5.30pm at the Open Door Daycare Centre, Vevay Road, Bray (beside the Loreto and opposite Tesco) and the Grand Hotel car park in Wicklow town.

Rotary Clubs all around Ireland have collected hundreds of bikes that have been refurbished by the Irish Prison Service and are being shipped to The Gambia by the UK-based charity, 'Jole Rider' as part of their Bikes4Africa project.

More than 400 old bikes have been donated by people from all around the country through the network of 70-plus Rotary clubs.

Bikes have come from sheds and garages, schools, bike shops and recycling yards.

These unwanted bikes are going to enable children in The Gambia to get an education. A bike gets a child to school safely, on time and alert instead of exhausted after what can be a 7-mile walk in the searing heat.

Thanks to Ethel Gavin, ex-Governor of Loughan House Open Prison in County Cavan and Liam Reilly, current Governor, the Irish Prison Service is partnering with Rotary to refurbish the donated bikes.

The project provides prisoners with an opportunity to give back to the community and learn new skills. It teaches them about bike technology and repair as they service, clean and recycle the bikes in the newly constructed Bikes4Africa workshop in Loughan House prison.

So why not help a good cause and clear some space in your garage or shed?

Phone (087) 2502019 for further details or alternative collection arrangements.

Bray People

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