Has your family grown out of their old bikes?
If you have a bicycle or two gathering dust and taking up space in the garage, Cork City Rotary Club just announced a lovely way to put them to good use while you declutter.
In conjunction with Cork City Council and Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authorities (WERLA), Cork City Rotary is calling on the people of Cork to donate their unwanted bicycles in aid of the ‘Bikes for Africa’ project.
The project aims to collect unused and unwanted bikes that can withstand rough terrain, suit both primary and secondary school students, are minimum 24”-wheel size and are in reasonable repair.
The bikes collected are transported by the army to open prisons at Loughan House, County Cavan, and Shelton Abbey, County Wicklow, where they are refurbished by the prisoners, who receive an accredited Fetac certificate for their work. The newly refurbished bikes are then shipped to Gambia in Africa and distributed to school-going children, transforming their daily lives and often making the difference between them getting an education or not.
Members of the public who wish to donate their unused bikes can drop off their donation at Cork City Council’s civic amenity site, Kinsale Road, Ballinlough, Cork during the following hours:
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 8am – 4pm
- Wednesday- 11am – 4pm
- Saturday- 8am – 12.45pm
Since the project was launched last year, over 150 bikes have been collected to donate to families in Africa. The project will continue to operate until it reaches its target of 600 donations.