The Dayton brothers are asking the public to donate used, working bikes to their Wheels 4 Refugees campaign. Courtesy Bruce Dayton

Langley boys collecting bikes for refugees

The Dayton brothers are launching their third annual Wheels 4 Refugees campaign

A group of young Langley brothers want to share their love of bicycling with local refugee families.

Van, Kade, Ty and Wes Dayton are launching their third annual Wheels 4 Refugees campaign to collect and distribute bikes to refugee families who are new to the Fraser Valley.

Wes said he and his brothers had the idea in 2015, after they learned about the Syrian refugee crisis in school.

“We like to ride our bikes and I think all kids should ride bikes because it is fun,” said Wes.

The boys are asking for donations of used bikes in working condition.

The drop-off location is at Trinity Western University at 7600 Glover Road on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This year the boys are partnering with Velocity Cycles, Langley Community Service Society and Trinity Western University.

Velocity Cycles has agreed to do light maintenance on the donated bikes.

Co-ordinator of Trinity Western University’s local outreach program, Peter Woekel, connects TWU to multiple outreach programs, including one that is connected to the refugee resettlement support.

Langley Community Services is assisting in the distribution of bikes.

The Dayton brothers saw more than 100 bikes wheeled in during their campaign last year.

Any leftover bikes will be distributed to homeless citizens in Langley, many of whom, the brothers say ‘need transportation to get to a job.’

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