Keynsham shoppers donate 75 bikes to help children in Africa get to school

Published on: 28 Apr 2015

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by Ros Anstey

Members of the Rotary Club of Keynsham Chew Valley are delighted with the response they had to their recent appeal for donations of bikes to send to Africa.

The group held a Bikes4Africa morning at Waitrose in Keynsham with help from staff and David Hathaway Transport.

There they collected more than 75 bikes from the public, along with donations of money to go towards refurbishment of the bikes and the transport costs for them to be sent to Africa.

Rotary member Brian Smith said: “Bikes that were collected will be taken to a facility in Wiltshire where they will be checked and receive any repairs necessary before being shipped to Africa in containers of 330.”

The collection was in support of the Jole Rider charity, which aims to improve education in Africa. Mr Smith said: “Their project, called ‘Bikes4Africa’, concentrates on sending bikes to places like Gambia to enable children to get to school. It is not unusual for children to walk for two hours to get to school, which obviously has an impact on their ability to concentrate.

“Can you imagine our children or grandchildren being so keen on receiving an education that they would willingly walk two miles to school and two miles home again,” he said. 

One of the many who were donating bikes was Ian Abram from Keynsham, who said: “I don’t use it anymore. I would rather have someone in Africa using it than take it to the dump.”

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