Local, international communities benefit from Bicycles for Humanity
Ava Petty was happy to get a new bicycle Saturday.
Her parents were happy about the price tag: A minimum $5 donation.
Bicycles for Humanity volunteers were happy to make the sale and gather funds to help send adult bicycles abroad.
And a community in Ghana will definitely be happy when hundreds of bicycles arrive in the near future.
According to Lian Couper, a volunteer with the Kelowna chapter of Bicycles for Humanity, it isn't practical to send children's bikes overseas.
"We ship containers full of adult bikes. We can take the wheels and handle bards and turn them to put massive amounts in one container," said Couper.
"Children's bikes take up too much room to ship. Also, the bikes that we send are for nurses, teachers and adults that go into the community to help."
Couper said that people still donate all types of bikes to Bicycles for Humanity; therefore, the organization holds sales to give the community inexpensive children's bikes and gather money to cover the cost of shipping containers abroad.
Currently the Kelowna chapter of Bicycles for Humanity is focused on sending the next container to Ghana.
"I think the connection was that we had students that came from Ghana to study nursing at the university. One lady asked for the bikes—the nurses (in Ghana) can use the bikes to bring patients in and out."
Couper said a lot of people showed up Saturday and the organization was able to get donations for many of the tricycles, scooters and kids' bikes that were for sale.
Those interested in donating a bike to Bicycles for Humanity can drop it off at the quonset hut located behind St. Charles Garnier Church (3645 Benvoulin Rd.).
For more information, visit bicycles-for-humanity.org.