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The Kelowna chapter of Bicycles for Humanity hopes to collect its 2,500th bike this weekend. - Jim Couper/contributor
The Kelowna chapter of Bicycles for Humanity hopes to collect its 2,500th bike this weekend.
— image credit: Jim Couper/contributor

The Kelowna chapter of Bicycles for Humanity hopes to collect its 2,500th bike during its annual bicycle roundup this weekend  at St. Charles Garnier Church in Kelowna.

The bike will be among 425 packed into a shipping container and sent to Africa later this year. Five such containers have already been sent.

The bike collection also featured a silent auction and an old fashioned wiener and marshmallow roast over an open fire.

The object of the round-up is to receive neglected two-wheelers that Kelowna residents store in garages and basements and rarely use. They are destined for the West African country of Ghana.

Nurses, students and labourers in Ghana often have to walk five to 10 km to get to patients, school or work. Often a bicycle allows its owner to pedal from poverty.

Any adult bike in reasonable condition can be dropped off at the Benvoulin Road church. It costs about $30 per bicycle for shipping so the group welcomes donations.

Bicycles for Humanity started in Kelowna and now has 10 chapters in Canada plus chapters in U.S., Australia and Holland. The charitable group has no offices, no paid staff and no professional fundraisers, so every penny raised goes to shipping bicycles to impoverished nations.

 

 

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