Jole Rider is an education organisation with charitable status working with children, young people and adults.

JOLE RIDER's flagship programme delivers bikes to schools making the journey to education possible for thousands of children.


John Trimble Rotary Club of Enniskillen

District Co-ordinator

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Sean Dunne

International Services Chair

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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 the bikes4Africa programme.
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.

 Rotarian John Trimble Rotary Club of Enniskillen has agreed to take over as District Co-ordinator for the Jole Rider project (Bikes4Africa).  John has also been co-opted as a board member on a new board of directors to represent Rotary Ireland along with two other Rotarians from Wales and Scotland and two other representatives from Jole Rider itself. 

Clubs all over Ireland collect bikes locally, send them to Loughan House Open Prison in Cavan for refurbishment by the inmates there, before onward transport to Tetbury where they are sorted and shipped to Africa. Clubs are encouraged to go into their communities to collect say 20 bikes

 Clubs who participate are asked to send €10 per bike to the District Treasurer Werner Scheel payable to RIBI District 1160. (Address of Werner Scheel : 40 Waterfoot Park : Derry-Londonderry : BT47 6SW : Northern Ireland.Tel.: +44 28 7131 2042 (H) / Mobile: 07889 678584  /  Email:

 The payment of €10 allows Rotary Ireland have to provide and pay not only the transport costs but for all the spare parts and equipment used by the prison to make the bicycles safe.

 In summary

 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, kiddies 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 other bicycles.  

3.  Send an email johntrimble642@gmail.comevery time you make a delivery to the prison; stating estimated number of good bikes delivered and date. That way I can have some accountability for what our obligations are to Jole Rider for the £10 per bike shipment to Africa cost.

4.   If you are unable to deliver the bikes directly to Loughan House and wish to send the bikes to the holding depot at the White House Ashbourne, the following procedure must apply.

                 A) Bikes must be tagged with the name of your club

                 B) Email sent to John Trimble

                 C) Email sent to Simon Rutledge at the White House 



5.  And finally send the money €10 per bike to cover your load directly to the District Treasurer payable to RIBI District 1160.  Werner Scheel : 40 Waterfoot Park : Derry-Londonderry : BT47 6SW : Northern Ireland.Tel.: +44 28 7131 2042 (H) / Mobile: 07889 678584  /  Email:

 Thank you for supporting Jole Rider