What a phenomenal milestone. Re-cycle has given its 60,000th bike from the UK to Africa.
The lucky recipient of this “new” bike is Stephen, an orphan aged 16 in Mombasa, Kenya. Stephen was living on the streets from the age of 10. He attended a street soccer programme run by Re-Cycle’s Kenyan partner organisation, Glad’s House. Stephen received support, education and counselling from them, and the bike will mean that he can get round Mombasa quickly, riding to and from school.
“I had never gotten a bike of my own” said Stephen, “so I am very grateful and happy for being given this bike”.
‘Re-cycle’ bikes going to Africa provide cheap transport for people to and from work and also help them start working for themselves, carrying and delivering. Research in Ghana showed that, on average, each bike is used by between 6 and 9 people, often shared with family members and neighbours in the same village. Re-cycle therefore proudly claims that the 60,000 bikes the have supplied to Africa mean that the have helped change the lives of 360,000 people.
You can help ‘re-cycle’ by taking part in a cycling challenge, and or by donating unwanted bikes. There is a local bike donation point in Ipswich at The Bike Doctor, 18 Bartholomew Street, Ipswich IP4 2RP.
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