There was a remarkable response to an appeal to the people of Clonmel to donate old bikes that could be repaired and shipped to Africa to be used by children attending school.
Following the request for bikes from Clonmel Rotary Club, just over two hundred bikes were donated, all in good enough shape to be repaired and sent to the Gambia where they will allow children cycle to school, sometimes distances of many miles.
The Clonmel bikes were taken to Loughan House Open Prison where inmates work on the repairs before they are shipped to Africa in ‘good as new’ condition.
Rotary president Joe O’Sullivan paid tribute to the generosity of the people of Clonmel for donating such a huge number of bikes.
He also thanked Carroll Transport for delivering the bikes to Loughan House free of charge.
“It is a huge gesture to transport the bikes as far as County Cavan and we are hugely grateful to Sean and his family”, Mr O’Sullivan said.
It also costs Rotary €12 per bike for repairs and that money was also raised locally.
Funds were raised at the Clonmel Rugby Club dinner dance, where Tom Fennessey was one of the chief organisers, while Rotary Club member and keen runner Sean O’Dea raised well over €1,000 for the fund by running the Dublin City Marathon.
“There was a huge response to this very worthwhile appeal in the town and we are very grateful to everyone who was involved”, said Mr O’Sullivan.