Gambian kids get pedal power thanks to Rotary

bikes for africa
bikes for africa

THE Rotary Club of Allander has been ‘wheely’ busy collecting bicycles for the Bikes4Africa campaign.

Members and friends have kindly donated bikes that they no longer need to be sent to children in Gambia to help them get to school quicker. In some places they have to walk up to 10 miles to school.

The Bikes4Africa campaign is organised by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, together with the Jole Rider Trust, who are very involved in the provision of bikes and books to the children of The Gambia.

The bicycles will be transported to England, where they will be renovated and then sent out to Africa.

David Brown, international convener of the Rotary Club of Allander, said: “It is very pleasing to think that with such a kind gesture a child will not have to walk a long distance to school, but will get there quicker on a bicycle.

“This will increase the time spent in education as opposed to the bulk of the time spent walking to and from school. It is also beneficial to the family as one bicycle can be used by other members of the family, giving them greater access to their surroundings.”