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Council Supports Bikes 4 Africa

21 December 2015

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg, pictured with staff at Bruslee Recycling Centre and members of Newtownabbey Rotary Club with the unwanted bikes that are being donated to the Bikes 4 Africa project. 


Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has been supporting the Rotary Club this Christmas by donating any unwanted bikes left at Bruslee Recycling Centre to the ‘Bikes 4 Africa’ project.

This initiative supports the refurbishment of unwanted second hand bikes and enables them to be delivered to communities in Gambia, where children use them to get to and from school more easily.

Iain Patterson, President of Newtownabbey Rotary Club, explained the value of this worthy cause; “Having a bike helps the children to begin the school day alert instead of exhausted from walking a long distance in the soaring heat, and stay for extra lessons after school and reach higher academic achievement. We work with other Rotary Clubs to collect the bikes and when we have enough they go in a container and get shipped over to the men’s prison in Liverpool where prisoners repair and revamp them and make them roadworthy again.”

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg, is delighted to be able to support this project; “Hundreds of bikes are left to our recycling centres every year, many of which are in great condition or only require minor repairs. It’s wonderful to be able to donate these to the Rotary Club knowing that they will make a real difference to the lives of other children.”

For more information on the Bikes 4 Africa project log onto www.jolerider.org/programmes/bikes4africa.