Booragoon’s Champion Dads collect dozens of bikes for African communities

Carl Young, Rob Butler and Declan Hanley. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
Carl Young, Rob Butler and Declan Hanley. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

AN idea sparked during a casual Sunday cycle has helped deliver bikes to those in need and saved plenty of metal from the scrapheap.

On Tuesday, Booragoon Primary School Champion Dads donated 24 bikes to Bicycles for Humanity, a volunteer-run organisation that will deliver them to people in African communities.

Another handful of bikes will be up for grabs locally after being donated to Good Sammy’s.

All bikes, which came to the Champion Dads group via donations and verge pick-ups, were given some TLC to ensure they were in safe working order before being forwarded on.

The good work of the local group also included an event where they fixed bikes and taught kids how to keep their own rides maintained.

Booragoon Primary School Champion Dads committee member Declan Hanley, who got the idea for the initiative after spotting a number of bikes left on kerbs, said it was an incredible result.

“We’re very happy with the outcome,” he said.

“We know the bikes will make a big difference in terms of helping people access schools and jobs.

“To have more than 25 bikes donated is fantastic, plus it reduces local landfill.”

He said more bikes could be donated in the future, but the group was unsure on what scale.

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