Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Old Bicycles - Charity

Nicole lives a few houses away from me. She and her boyfriend (u17 rider) are coordinating this project to find bikes for communities in Africa. If you have anything lying about that you want to get rid of, here's an opportunity.

My name is Nicole Evans, and as part of my Human Condition class at school, I have to do a Service Learning Project. For my project, 3 friends and I decided to partner with an organization called Bicycles for Humanity. This international NGO collects used bikes, parts, frames, etc. from developed countries and sends them to communities in Africa. Once the bikes arrive, they teach the community members how to repair and look after them, so that the donations they make can be maintained. The amazing part about this is that old bikes that are just sitting in our garages over here, can literally change someones life over there. It provides them wtih a cheap, easy to maintain, environmentally friendly form of transportation that can allow them to go to school, get jobs and take care of their families and communities.

Our fundraiser consists of two parts. On June 10, 2011 we will be holding both of them at the Richmond/Knob Hill Community Hall, right across from the school. From 4 - 7 pm we will be accepting bike donations as well as monetary donations. Anyone is welcome to come, donate, and get a little bit more information about the organization. The second part is a charity concert. This concert will be only for people 18 and under, and will feature 3 bands from our school - Float like Stones, Random Task Collective and Prozak Cat. Tickets are $5 or a bike donation and anyone under 18 is welcome. Please email bandsforbikes@gmail.com if you would like tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door, but please be advised that we can only allow about 100 people into the concert, so if you want guaranteed tickets, please let me know ahead of time!
Bike donations of any size or any condition are welcome! If you cannot make the collection day, or are unable to transport the bikes you may have, please send an email to bandsforbikes@gmail.com. For more information about Bicycles for Humanity you can either email us, or check out their website www.bicycles-for-humanity.com ! Monetary donations will also be accepted, however tax receipts cannot be issued.

Thanks so much,
Nicole Evans

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