Schools make news
WA’s best school has been announced and Wesley boys are on a bike-mending mission for Africa.
SALVAGING old bikes to send to families in Africa has become a scheduled activity for a group of teenagers involved with the Wesley Bike Rescue Initiative at Wesley College.
Bicycles for Humanity WA is a not-for-profit organisation focused on sending donated bikes to the world’s poorest regions, including Uganda last year.
Wesley College economics teacher Declan Hanley said he heard about Bicycles for Humanity from friends and started the initiative a month ago.
“When they told us what they do and we saw all t hese bikes on the verge that could be donated to this charity for Africa, I thought ‘let’s do this, it’s too easy’,” he said.
Mr Hanley said 35 Year 10 boys gave an hour a week to fix up 22 bicycles.
“That’s what we got done in three weeks – imagine if we did this ongoing, how many bikes could we do in a year?” he said
The fixed bicycles will be sent to Bicycles for Humanity to fill up their shipping container and delivered to a location in Africa.
Mr Hanley said they were making a small difference but access to education and clean water was important to breaking the poverty cycle.
“They might actually travel an hour to a well to get clean water and with a bike, one person can do 10 trips in one hour,” he said.
Harrison Sutherland, Ike Sutherland, Harrison Beeck and Marcus Varone fixing some of the bikes.