Pedal power boosts com­mu­ni­ties

Midland Reporter - - News -

EAST Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion MLC Donna Faragher re­cently vis­ited the Bi­cy­cles for Hu­man­ity work­shop in Mid­dle Swan to find out more about the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s valu­able work.

“It was great to visit this fan­tas­tic vol­un­teer­run or­gan­i­sa­tion which has re­stored and de­liv­ered more than 4000 bikes to small com­mu­ni­ties in Namibia and South Africa,” she said.

“These com­mu­ni­ties fur­ther ben­e­fit, with each ship­ping con­tainer that the bikes ar­rive in ul­ti­mately be­com­ing a bike work­shop pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment, skills train­ing and small busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Bi­cy­cles for Hu­man­ity has a per­ma­nent work­shop be­hind Jack Wil­liamson Oval in Mid­dle Swan where vol­un­teers re­pair and re­store do­nated bi­cy­cles for com­mu­nity devel­op­ment projects in Perth, re­gional WA and Africa.

Chair­man David Tucker said the pub­lic could sup­port the cause in many ways.

“Firstly, peo­ple can do­nate their sec­ond-hand bikes, prefer­ably adult-sized sturdy hy­brids or moun­tain bikes, and BMX-sized bikes,” he said.

“Peo­ple can also vol­un­teer their time in the work­shop, and fi­nally through mon­e­tary do­na­tions, as each ship­ment to Africa costs ap­prox­i­mately $10,000.”

Vol­un­teers are wel­come in the work­shop on Tues­days and Fri­days from 9am to 1pm and ev­ery sec­ond Sun­day of the month from 9am to 1pm.


Donna Faragher with op­er­a­tions man­ager Jamie Brindle and chair­man David Tucker.

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