Project cy­cles to suc­cess

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

THE FOUNDER of a project that pro­vides refugees with bi­cy­cles has been short­listed for a prom­i­nent award.

Jem Stein was in­spired to cre­ate The Bike Project af­ter he men­tored a refugee while at univer­sity.

The 27-year-old’s ini­tia­tive pro­vides sec­ond-hand bikes to refugees in Lon­don and across the coun­try.

The former Habonim so­cial ac­tion worker is now one of five fi­nal­ists with a chance of win­ning the £10,000 prize in the Lloyds Bank So­cial En­trepreneur of the Year com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr Stein said: “I set up the project in Novem­ber 2012 and I’ve sup­plied 1,050 refugees with their own trans­port.

“I re­alised how dif­fi­cult it was for my mentee to get around. They are not al­lowed to work and have a min­i­mal amount to live on, so hav­ing free trans­port re­ally makes a dif­fer­ence.

“We get old bikes do­nated to us, fix them up and give them back out, so the refugees have the abil­ity to get around and cre­ate a life for them­selves.”

Jem Stein

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