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Ilkley Rotarians in plea for unwanted bikes
1:00pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
The Rotary Club of Ilkley Wharfedale is holding a collection for unwanted bikes on Saturday, September 28.
The collection will take place in Ilkley's central car park (South Hawksworth Street) between 10am and 2pm.
Both adult and children’s bikes in any condition are welcome.
The Margaret Carey Foundation, a charity based in Keighley, will take the donated bikes to prisons in the North of England, where the bikes will be repaired by offenders in prison workshops.
Five northern prisons are participating in the scheme including Everthorpe near Hull and Liverpool.
The scheme allows offenders to learn new skills, which could be helpful on release. Also it benefits the environment by reducing landfill.
Once the bikes have been restored most are shipped to Africa by partner charities such as BeCycling Africa and bikes4Africa.
Recently BeCyling Africa has sent bikes to Uganda.
One batch of bikes went to a hospital in Kampala and are used by outreach workers to visit patients in their homes. A
nother batch was delivered to an orphanage in Fort Portal.
Some bikes are sent to eastern Europe, a recent batch went to Baba Tonka orphanage in Bulgaria.
A limited number of bikes remain in the UK. Bikes have been delivered to a social housing scheme in Bolton.
Residents had been unable to afford to travel to training courses and job interviews. The donated bicycles have enabled them to travel.