The Rotary Club of Harrogate is asking people across the district to donate unused and unwanted bicycles to their Bicycle Recycling Scheme.
So far, more than 1400 bikes have been collected, refurbished and distributed locally and overseas through the scheme.
Tony Hill, who co-ordinates the Recycling Scheme said: “We are keen to receive any type, age and size of bike from children’s to adult’s and in any condition.
“Road and mountain bikes are refurbished before being sent overseas and lightweight racing type bikes are recycled by the community based Bike Rescue Project in York giving much needed employment to otherwise unemployed local people.”
The club will be holding two bike collection sessions at Harrogate Rugby Club on Claro Road on March 22 and April 5 between 9.30am and 12pm each day.
Some of the bikes destined to go abroad are refurbished by young people in a scheme operated by the Meanwood Valley Urban Farm Project in Leeds before the Rotary based charity, Physionet, distributes them to African countries.
Another partner is the Bradford based Margaret Carey Foundation which uses prisoners nearing the end of their sentences in HM Jail to refurbish the bikes as part of their rehabilitation programme.
These bikes are then distributed by other charities to developing countries with large consignments going to Africa where they are given to children and young adults to enable them to get to school or to college.
The club is happy to arrange for bikes to be donated to suitable worthwhile causes or individuals closer to home.
Anyone who wished to donate a bike but is unable to attend either of the Saturday collections can have it collected.
For more information, email Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01765 677778 or visit www,harrogate.rotary 1040.org
A recent partnership with Harrogate Grammar School resulted in over 100 mainly children’s bikes being collected and these have now been refurbished and are on their way to African countries.
The Rotary Club is keen to extend this type of collection partnership to other schools and organisations in the district and Tony Hill would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in creating a similar scheme.
The Club is also appealing to anyone who is able to provide storage space for the bikes following collection.
Harrogate Rugby Club have been very generous in allowing the use of storage facilities on it’s Claro Road ground but this will be lost when the Rugby Club relocates to it’s new facilities on Rudding Lane at the end of the year.
Tony is appealing to those who can help.