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has for over 6 years collected bikes and sent them to schools in Africa. In the
intervening years over 2000 bikes have been collected by Rotary Clubs across
Prison Service have been involved from the outset, establishing a Bike Repair Shed
at Loughan House Open Centre, where the bikes are refurbished.
working in the bike shed not only develop the technical skills required to
refurbish bikes, but their personal contribution is a means to improved
motivation and has a positive influence on their self-esteem.
difficult for a child in Africa, especially Sub-Saharan Africa. The early life of a child faces multiple
health issues from trying to survive malaria to having a balanced diet.
large and children are often sent to live with relatives. Children have to work hard, often having to
farm before and after school, sell at the market or work in the home to help
make ends meet for the family.
suffers especially for children from rural areas, many children have to walk a
long distance to school, some over 5 km, often without adequate food or
water. A typical journey could take at
least 90 minutes with children arriving late and tired for school.
Having to walk
such long distances in hot sunshine to school and face the return journey in
the afternoon when the sun is at its hottest is not conducive to students
regularly attending school.
Having a bike
to cycle to school makes a huge difference for a student. Students tend to be more attentive at school
having not had to walk a long distance.
after the bikes and they tend to last them for many years. In Africa the advantage of bike ownership in a family can enhance life
immeasurably and can significantly improve their lives through access to
education, work and essential services.
4 years to 7 years attend nursery schools.
Their journey to school is as difficult as for the older children
attending primary a school. Having a
bike will make the journey easier. The
children will be a little more receptive to learning and less likely to miss
out on school days.
Having a bike
is a huge status symbol for a student and they are so proud of the bikes they
receive. For the first time Rotary Ireland are now able send bikes for children
in this age category. All that is required is for the wheel size to be a
minimum of 12 inches in diameter.
bikes give new lives to families in Africa.
An unused bike in your garage could be life
changing for a student in The Gambia.
Rotary appeal – at least once a year go into the
community and collect suitable bikes, in reasonable condition, to reiterate wheel
size must be a minimum of 12 inches. The club is asked to contribute of €15 /
£15 with each bike collected to meet the cost of refurbishment and transport to
Alternatively, clubs not collecting bikes,
contribute €150 / £150 to School Bikes Africa direct to the District Treasurer
Contacts in Rotary Ireland
Dan Courtney Bray Rotary
John Trimble Enniskillen
Services Chair Sean Dunne Newbridge Club
E mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Only send suitable bikes, wheel size minimum 12 inches, bear in mind these are
used over rough terrain by school children in the age group 4 years -17 years. Racers with narrow tyres
and wheels, kiddie’s bikes with balance wheels and rusty old wrecks are not
Send an email to either Dan Courtney or John Trimble. If you have at least 50
bikes and plan on delivering the bikes directly to Loughan House you must
contact Eoghan McLoughlin email@example.com Tel. 0719836016 to arrange access to the center, cc to Dan or John.
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 Dan Courtney firstname.lastname@example.org
or John Trimble email@example.com
Clubs delivering bikes to the White House must arrange delivery with Verity
Swan Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment
to deliver the bikes.
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.
And finally send the money €15 / £15 per bike to cover your load
directly to the District Treasurer payable to RIBI District 1160.