Schools make news

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - 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.

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d488559 Pic­ture: David Baylis

Har­ri­son Suther­land, Ike Suther­land, Har­ri­son Beeck and Mar­cus Varone fix­ing some of the bikes.

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