2 May 2018
Earlier this month, participants of the bike program and Council’s Youth Services team donated 10 restored bikes to the charity organisation, Life Without Barriers.
This follows a call out for donations in 2016, where a huge number of bikes and spare parts were donated in a short time.
During the last school term, three Clarence High School students attended the Youth Centre in Rokeby every Thursday to learn the skills to repair and restore the bikes to a high standard.
Life without Barriers now intends to use the refurbished bikes for their Intensive Family Engagement Service.
“Access to transport plays a big role in an individual’s feeling of independence and freedom,” said Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman.
“For a variety of reasons some people may not be able to access transportation or have the finances to purchase a new bike. Through the restoration and subsequent donation of these bikes, I hope individuals will either be able to get around more easily or have a new source of recreation.”
Youth Workers assisted the students with loading the bikes on the trailer and the students were also able to interact with the Life Without Barriers team.
“I would like to congratulate the students involved in the Bike Program. Not only do they learn new skills, but there is a sense of achievement in restoring the bikes and giving back to the community,” Mayor Chipman said.
Through the Bike Program, Youth Services will continue to work with young people restoring bikes which will be donated to community members who otherwise may not be able to afford to buy a bike for themselves or their family.
In the photo above: Bike Collection Day. From Left to Right Prasaanth Reddy, Coby Dawes, Khy Clark, Ryan Witts, Andrea Senior (LWB) and Michael Brown (LWB community volunteer team).