Bike giveaway this Saturday

Up to 1,000 adult bikes go to the West African country of Ghana, but hundreds of kids and some adult bikes stay here.

The Kelowna chapter of Bicycles for Humanity will giveaway hundreds of children’s bikes and dozens of adult road bikes on Saturday, April 5 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Among the giveaways at St. Charles Garnier Church, 3645 Benvoulin Rd. are tricycles, trick bikes, bikes with training wheels, scooters and regular two-wheelers suitable for preteens. Thin-tired road bikes for adults are also on the free list.

Every year the Kelowna group sends two containers with close to 1,000 adult bikes to the West African country of Ghana. Road racing style bikes do not suit the soft sand and mud of Ghana’s byways and there is no room in the containers for kids’ bikes so they are being given back to the community.

Keith Germaine, president of the Kelowna chapter explained, “Every year we get tons of adult bikes donated by the community for shipment to Africa. Among them are lots of kids’ bikes. It would be nice to send them, but they would be taking a space in a container that could accommodate an adult bike. Since our bikes go to nurses, farmers, health care workers and teachers, a bike with training wheels, for example, in our container, would be depriving a farmer of a means of taking produce to market more quickly than on foot.”

Sometime children’s bikes and 10-speeds are rescued from landfill sites because they are just too good to be wasted.

Representatives of Bicycles for Humanity will be on hand at St. Charles Garnier Chaurch on April 5 to explain how the charity works, assist with bike adjustments, do minor repairs and accept donations. For more information contact Keith at 250-764-2942.


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