Old bikes can help African children cycle to school

Dylan White

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Dylan White

Clonmel Rotary Club is undertaking an initiative which involves sending donated bikes to be refurbished by the Irish Prison Service and then shipping the bikes to The Gambia so school children can avail of them.

Clonmel Rotary Club is undertaking an initiative which involves sending donated bikes to be refurbished by the Irish Prison Service and then shipping the bikes to The Gambia so school children can avail of them.

Bikes 4 Africa is one of the organisation’s flagship programmes and aims to change lives through education.

Many African children live in remote communities, without reliable and affordable motorised transport. By simply sending your old bike on a new adventure, children in The Gambia can potentially strive to accomplish higher academic standards.

These bikes will enable children to travel to school safely, on time and alert instead of being subjected to lengthy walks in the searing African heat.

In addition, prisoners are given the opportunity to give back to the community and learn new skills such as bike technology and repair as they service, clean and recycle the bikes in the newly constructed bikes 4 Africa workshop at Loughan House prison.

There will be a central drop off point at Dudleys Mills, Colville Road, Clonmel, on Saturday 8 and 15 November from 9.30am to 1pm on both occasions. Bikes need to be suitable for children from age 10 upwards, with preferably 24 inch or 26 inch wheels. However, certain bikes with 20 inch wheels can be suitable. Contact Joe O’Sullivan on 0862654577 or John O’Sullivan on 0862336479 for details.