Footscray Rotary Club is providing wheels for refugees and bringing people from all walks of life together through their Community Bike Shed project.
The basics. People donate old bikes. A team of bicycle mechanics and other volunteers service and clean up the bikes. Rotary donate the refurbished bikes to refugees, asylum seekers and disadvantaged kids for transport, fitness and fun.
The June open day at Rotary’s Community Bike Shed (Mills Close, Footscray) netted almost thirty bikes of all shapes and sizes. It was clear to the good folk of Rotary that they were on a winner when the bikes, and demand for them, kept coming.
Getting like minded cycling types together at the Bike Shed on a Saturday has had other benefits too. Everyone involved goes away feeling great and having made new friends. And they’re ready and able to spruik the joys of sustainable transport and riding safely to the uninitiated.
If you feel like spending a Saturday hanging out, fixing bikes and getting to know your local community, turn up between 11am to 3pm. If you’ve got a bike to donate, drop it off at the Mills Close shed between 4 and 5pm on a Wednesday or call Rodney on 0417 350 890 if you can’t get there at this time.
Footscray Rotary Club’s recycling of bikes continues until at least September.