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Donate your old bike 4 Africa during October 05.10.18

PEOPLE in Inishowen are being encouraged to donate their old bicycles to Bikes 4 Africa.
Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer with Donegal County Council said “October is National Reuse month and everyone is being encouraged to reuse every day at home, at work, at play”.
The council is supporting Letterkenny Rotary Club and Bryson Recycling’s ‘Bikes 4 Africa’ campaign where people are being encouraged to donate their old bikes in October by leaving them at any of the Bryson Recycling Centres in Donegal including Carndonagh and Letterkenny. Check www.brysonrecycling.org for opening times.
Pictured at the launch of the Bikes 4 Africa Campaign are Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer, Donegal County Council, Peter Cutliffe, Letterkenny Rotary Club, Ken Sharpe, Letterkenny Rotary Club, Sharon Black, President Letterkenny Rotary Club, Connie Gallagher, Manager Bryson Recycling and Paddy Delap, Letterkenny Rotary Club.
Adult bikes and bicycles suitable for teenagers similar to those pictured are most suitable.
Well over 2,000 bicycles have been refurbished since the campaign began several years ago. The refurbished bikes will be transported to The Gambia where Rotary’s partner organisation, Jole Rider Gambia, pre-selects 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 effect of this strategy is to raise the academic standards of the entire school with each bike impacting positively on as many as 10 students.
Sharon Black, President of Letterkenny Rotary Club said “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. In searing heat their journey to education on foot is a daily epic mission. Having a bicycle makes a world of difference for these children, their families and also their communities and our Rotary Club is delighted to play a big part in ensuring this great work continues.”
Sharon adds “you can be 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.”
For recycling centre opening times and more on National Reuse month visit www.donegalcoco.ie , www.brysonrecycling.org and www.reusemonth.ie .
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