Bike rescuers need funding

Dismantle BikeRescue co-ordinator Lou Carey with some restored bikes.
Dismantle BikeRescue co-ordinator Lou Carey with some restored bikes.

BikeRescue gives disadvantaged youth the chance to restore two old bicycles in a mentored workshop environment, allowing them to donate one to a local charity and keep the other.

The crowdfunding campaign is looking to raise $5000 to help them set up a mobile six-week workshop to keep at-risk youth away from the justice system.

Dismantle�s Stacey Brooke Ward said the project would help more than 50 young people a year.

�Dismantle has been engaging with at-risk young people delivering the Bike Rescue program since 2010 and we have worked with over 250 young people, provided 7500 mentoring hours and recycled over 375 bicycles,� she said.

�Every one we talk to is feeling the pinch – it is a hard time to secure funding and we are not exempt.

�There have been significant reductions in resources available in the youth sector industry of late and this has impacted partnerships with various organisations.�

At the time of print, about $2300 had been raised. Visit www.letsact.com.au/projects/bikerescue to donate.