Donegal County Council is once again delighted to support and promote the Letterkenny Rotary Club’s annual School Bikes Africa Appeal.
In conjunction with Bryson Recycling, the initiative is being promoted this October to coincide with National Reuse month.
However, the good news is that this appeal will continue throughout the year.
As in previous years, bicycles suitable for refurbishing should be strong and sturdy, mountain bike style, have minimum 24” wheel size and mountain bike type tyres.
Racer style bikes are not sought as part of this collection.
Suitable bikes can be dropped off at any of the Council’s six Recycling Centres (Laghey, Dungloe, Carndonagh, Stranorlar, Letterkenny & Milford).
Connie Gallagher, Manager of Bryson Recycling, said they are delighted with the success of this venture in previous years and are fully supportive of the appeal going forward.
“While only certain sizes and caliber of bikes are appropriate, the local drop off points make collection so much easier,” he explained.
Peter Cutliffe, President of Letterkenny Rotary Club, said they hope to capitalise on last year’s collection.
“And now with the added bonus of additional storage capacity and the transport to Loughan House, we are certainly making great progress.”
Donegal is now one of eleven counties involved in this national appeal throughout Ireland.
Donated bicycles will be transported to Loughan House, Co. Cavan, one of the Irish Open Prison Centres, where they will be refurbished prior to being shipped off to The Gambia.
To date, Rotary has transported approximately 5000 bikes to Africa, and the Irish Prison Service has been involved from the outset.
Rotary Ireland has expanded its commitment to collecting, refurbishing and delivering unwanted bikes to school children in Africa, giving them the chance of a better life and opening up many more opportunities.
“As many have to travel long distances to and from school, often in searing temperatures and doing this on foot can be difficult at best, so having a bike can make a huge change for the pupil and family alike as it can be utilised in other ways to help out their communities.”
While providing these children with bikes for school, Rotary are also helping those much closer to home, namely the prisoners at Loughan House who are also getting the chance of furthering their own education. Their participation in this project allows them to study for a City & Guilds FETAC Bike Mechanics course which ultimately will help with their own rehabilitation into society and perhaps aid their job prospects in the long term, as well as the satisfaction of working on such a worthwhile charitable project.
Donations are sought of the following types of suitable bicycles;
- strong sturdy bikes that can withstand rough terrain,
- bikes to suit both primary and secondary level students, with a minimum of 24” wheel size,
- in reasonable repair,
- and having mountain bike type tyres.
For information on the opening times for your local Recycling Centre visit www.donegalcoco.ie or https://www.brysonrecycling.org/donegal-recycling-centres/