Bike drive is Saturday in Langley

Admit it.

Your backside is likely never going to get re-acquainted with that bike seat.

So why not donate that bike at a new charity drive in Langley?

Bicycles for Humanity is holding a collection drive 1-5 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Sharon United Church, 21562 Old Yale Rd. There will also be a barbecue lunch available.

Mike Kirk has taken on the task of collecting bikes for the Whistler-based cause. He rides recreationally but knows these are not just toys to the people in Africa who receive them.

“It’s pretty empowering, the gift of mobility,” he said.

A doctor can make four to five times as many house calls with a bike, compared to walking, and a bike can mean the difference between a child being able to go to school or not.

He added that bikes are used for transport, to get goods to market, such as a farmer with his produce.

A container can hold 400-500 bikes and donations can help cover the transport costs.

He’s already obtained some bikes, out of a storage locker in Maple Ridge and about half a dozen from a garage sale.

People can donate bikes – “anything that’s not bent or too rusted,” he said as well as bike parts and money at the Saturday event. The bikes will be shipped to Uganda and Namibia, and the shipping

container used is turned into a bike shop once over there.

Learn more by clicking here.

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