CLA is embarking on an exciting new project in collaboration with Bicycles for Humanity (B4H). B4H was established in 2011 and donates bikes to organisations in Africa. One such organisation is Bicycle Empowerment Network Namibia (BENN) who run a range of schemes to break the poverty cycle and support people with HIV/Aids.[read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]
BENN has implemented more than 30 bike workshops across Namibia and Zambia providing training in both mechanical and business skills. This helps to create self-sustaining small businesses that deliver benefits to individuals, the local economy and stimulate the economy.
In Africa a bike can mean access to education, health care, fresh water, economic opportunity and community. For the past seven years, B4H Perth has delivered two containers every year to Africa, each loaded with around 350 bikes plus spare parts and tools. Volunteers have collected thousands of bikes of all kinds from the public in Perth, repaired them and loaded them into the containers shipped to Africa.
B4H also donates bikes locally to refugees through Red Cross and St Vincent’s. Since 2014, hundreds of bikes have been sent to WA aboriginal communities in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands and to the Kimberley. This has allowed local schools to set up BMX tracks and promote active lifestyles to students.
Under the direction of Community Network Coach Rob Golledge, CLA will collaborate with B4H Perth in a voluntary capacity. Rob said:
“We will receive and collect mountain bikes and other bikes suitable for rugged terrain. The bikes will then be repaired to a safe standard and sent to Perth for redistribution to Africa and also to remote Aboriginal communities in WA.”
CLA will provide workshop space at 56 Cockburn Road as a collection point and as workspace for the people we support to repair bikes. Rob will also work with other community volunteers e.g. Albany Police and Goad Transport Company to collect, fix and send bikes to Perth.
For more information or to get involved contact robert.golledge@myCLA.org.au or call 9892 9428 / 0448 423 096.