The Irish Prison Service have been working
in partnership with Rotary Ireland since 2010.
Prison inmates, in Loughan House working in dedicated prison bike workshops,
refurbish a large quantity of bikes every year for schools in Africa.
The benefits of this partnership are not only felt in Africa, where the bikes
enable children to get to school, but also much nearer home.
Contacts in Rotary Ireland
District Co-ordinator John Trimble Rotary Club
E mail email@example.com
International Services Chair Sean Dunne
Trimble Rotary Club of Enniskillen has agreed to take over as District
Co-ordinator for this project. Clubs all
over Ireland collect bikes locally, send them to one of the collection point in
the North / South. For delivery to Loughan House Open Prison in Cavan for
refurbishment by the inmates there, before onward transport to a Rotary Club in
Africa. Clubs are asked to go into
their communities to collect say 20 /25 bikes per annum.
who participate are asked to send €10 per bike to the District Treasurer
payable to RIBI District 1160. Rotary
Ireland must provide and pay not only the transport costs but for all the spare
parts and equipment used by the prison to make the bicycles useable again.
1. Only send suitable bikes, bear in mind these are used
over rough terrain by secondary school kids in the age group 13-17. Racers with
narrow tyres and wheels, kiddie’s bikes with balance wheels and rusty old
wrecks are not suitable.
2. When sending a load estimate realistically how many
good bikes will be achieved out of your load, part bikes for example should not
be counted as these will normally be cannibalised to provide parts to complete
3. Send an email firstname.lastname@example.org
every time you make a delivery to the collection point, stating number of bikes
delivered and date.
4. When sending
the bikes to the holding depo at Enniskillen Airport or The White House Ashbourne,
the following procedure must apply.
Bikes must be tagged with the name of your club
Email sent to John Trimble email@example.com
Email sent to Simon Rutledge at the White House c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
Clubs delivering bikes to Enniskillen must do so, during
business hours only and with full cooperation of the person they speak to on
the phone to make an appointment to deliver, giving due notice. The address is
Enniskillen Airport, 62 Killadeas Road, Enniskillen, BT94 2FH Tel: 028 6632 9000.
5. And finally send the money €10 per bike to cover your
load directly to the District Treasurer payable to RIBI District 1160.