Call for even more bicycles and wheelchairs

30 May, 2011Posted in: Community

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor, Councillor Ken Halstead today paid tribute to the Shire’s residents for their generous donations of bicycles towards the Bikes for Humanity charity project.

“Last week a pantec truck carrying one hundred refurbished pushbikes and wheelchairs was transported to Sydney enroute to Namibia to assist the less fortunate.

“This comes less than four months after we put the initial call out.

“This is a fantastic result and I thank our Shire’s residents for their selfless donations,” said the Mayor.

The bicycles have been collected and repaired by the local branch of Bikes for Humanity using Council’s Resource Recovery Centre as the drop-off point.

Southern Highlands Bikes for Humanity spokesperson Hans Radowitz said the success of the local chapter was now being looked at by other branches.

“Without a doubt the Southern Highlands has set the benchmark in terms of organisation and donations.

“And a lot of this success can be attributed not only to the goodwill of our Shire’s residents but the ability to access Council’s facilities here at the Resource Recovery Centre,” he said.

Mr Radowitz was quick to remind residents that the Bikes for Humanity team was still accepting more bicycles.

“Now that we’ve filled one truck, we’re keen to fill another just as fast.

“Apart from accepting pushbikes, particularly mountain bikes, we’re also after used wheelchairs.

“Once refurbished, the wheelchairs will also be donated to health workers in Africa,” Hans said.

Wingecarribee Shire Council’s dedicated Bikes for Humanity container is located at its Resource Recovery Centre on Berrima Road, Moss Vale.

Bicycles and wheelchairs can be dropped off free-of-charge at the Resource Recovery Centre during normal business hours.

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