Wicklow County Council and Rotary Ireland join forces for Bikes for Africa appeal
WICKLOW County Council and the Rotary Clubs of Wicklow Town and Bray are working together to collect old bikes that can be repaired and shipped to Africa for use by pupils.
Bikes are collected from Wicklow’s five recycling centers and then repaired at Shelton Abbey’s open prison before being shipped to The Gambia for distribution to students.
The project is looking for good quality sturdy bikes that can be repaired for reuse and will be suitable for use on more basic roads.
The project gives students the means to travel to the nearest secondary school. This simple mode of transportation can help transform their daily lives where students often have to travel up to 5 km to get to school.
The project is a joint initiative of the Rotary Clubs of Wicklow and Bray, the Irish Prison Service and Wicklow County Council. Wicklow County Council has set up storage at Arklow Recycling Center for bicycles and the Irish Prison Service has developed a bicycle repair service at Shelton Abbey Open Jail.
Cllr Tommy Annesley, Cathaoirleach, Wicklow County Council, welcomed the initiative noting that the town of Arklow has benefited from several projects and programs of work from Shelton Abbey.
He said: “Bikes can get a new life with repair and shipping. It will provide students with vital support to get an education in school. It’s great to see the three partners Wicklow County Council, Rotary Ireland and the Irish Prison Service working together to make this happen.
The type of bikes involved must be strong to withstand rough terrain and must be suitable for primary and secondary school students. Children’s bicycles are not suitable.
Bikes must be a minimum wheel size of 24 and bikes must be in a reasonable state of repair so that they can be easily restored to running condition.
The project is part of Wicklow County Council’s commitment to promote circular economy activity through its recycling centre. If you have an old, unused bike or two in a shed or garage, why not take the opportunity to declutter it and give it new life. It was funded by the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Communication as part of the anti-dumping initiative.