first_imgNow that the Children are back to school  across Donegal, have you an old bicycle that you would like to get rid of?Would you like to know that that bicycle could help a child in Africa get to School?Many African children live in remote communities, a long way from their nearest school. Without reliable, affordable motorised transport, the only way they can get to school is to walk, often up to 10 kms each way in searing heat. That’s not an easy task and having a bike would make a world of difference to a child, their family and even the local communities.By having a bike, a child could arrive at school on time, instead of late; he could begin the day alert instead of tired after a long walk; and travel quickly and safely home from school in daylight, and is has been proven, that this results in many pupils achieving higher academic grades.Letterkenny Rotary Club in association with Bikes4Africa is appealing for bikes for this exact purpose. Once the bikes are collected, they are sent to Loughlan House, the correctional facility in Co. Cavan where the inmates are offered rehabilitation and training, as well as supporting charities by their involvement.In this instance, they refurbish the bicycles. This is a fabulous arrangement facilitated by the Irish prison Service where the prisoners repair the bikes and the are supporting a charity as well. The latest shipment in May of this year brought the number of refurbished bicycles to 1,000, all of which will eventually be transported to The Gambia, where Rotary’s partner organisation ‘Jole Rider Gambia’, preselects the schools, and then oversees the distribution of the bikes, with the assistance of the Gambian Education Ministry.Bikes remain the property of the school, with teachers allocating them to the children according to set criteria. When a child graduates from school, their bike is then reallocated to another child. The strategy is to only allocate 100 bikes to each school and it is the most needy of these children, the best behaved, the most hard working that are allocated a bicycle by their teachers.The effect of this strategy is to raise the academic standards of the entire school, and therefore, each bike impacts positively on as many as 10 students. Letterkenny Rotary Club was successful in sending 18 bicycles last year, and we want to do the same or even more this year.So if you have a bicycle no longer in use, no matter what the condition, then contact the Secretary of Letterkenny Rotary Club, Cynthia Fuery, on 087 2414090 and she will make arrangements for collection.You can rest assured that your old unwanted bicycle will be used in some manner, shape or form in helping a child in Africa get to school sometime down the line! APPEAL TO DONEGAL PEOPLE TO DONATE UNWANTED OR OLD BIKES was last modified: September 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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