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Call for bike donations to send to Ukraine

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DO you have an unused bicycle taking up space in your house, shed or garage?

The Rotary Club of Harrogate is asking for unwanted bicycles to be donated to its recycling scheme, which will use them for a worth cause.

The club’s co-ordinator, Tony Hill, said: “We are keen to receive any type, age or size of bike from children’s to adult’s and in any condition.

“Road and mountain bikes are refurbished before being sent overseas and light-weight and racing type bikes are recycled by the community based Bike Rescue Project in York which gives much-needed employment to local people.”

The club will be holding two bike collection sessions at Harrogate Rugby Club on Saturday, February 25 and Saturday, March 3, from 9.30am to noon on each day.

So far, more than 700 bikes have been collected, regurbished and distributed locally and overseas through the scheme. Some of the bikes destined to be sent abroad are first refurbished by unemployed youths at the Meanwood Valley Urban Farm in Leeds, before the Rotary-based charity TakeHope sends them to Ukraine.

Having already sent bikes to schools in Gambia, the club has recently begun distributing them in Uganda and other African countries, as well as India, through a new partner, the Bradford-based Margaret Carey Foundation. The organisation takes part in rehabilitation programmes by using prisoners to refurbish the bikes.

Anyone who wishes to donate a bike but is unable to attend on either Saturday can have it collected. For more information, email tony@kingwoodhouse.plus.com, visit www.harrogate.rotary1040.org or call 01765 677778.

 

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