NORTH DURHAM: Africycle, an Uxbridge-based charity that sends bicycles to Malawi in Africa is reaching out to residents for donations as part of a Durham-wide initiative this weekend.
With spring cleaning season in full swing, residents can drop off new or used bikes at several locations around Durham Region and Stouffville on Saturday, April 25. In Port Perry, bikes will be collected at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, located at 319 Queen St.
Bikes are also collected at any time at the Habitat for Humaity ReStore in Uxbridge, located in the old Dominion Auto building, at 141 Reach St.
A registered charity since 2007, Africycle has collected thousands of bicycles to send to the African nation of Malawi, where more than 80 per cent of the population lives in rural areas, making bicycles an extremely vital resource for transportation.
According to coordinator Matthew Williams, bicycles collected go to volunteers and doctors in order to provide aid in areas where they would otherwise have to travel on foot.
“These bicycles are a very important thing, especially over there in Malawi, with the infrastructure they have,” said Mr. Williams.
Bicycles of all condition are welcome, and valued, as they are repaired by mechanics, with some parts salvaged to help build other bikes.
In addition, Africylcle also collects financial donations to help offset the cost of shipping, which can be close to $50 per bicycle.
For more information on drop-off locations as well as how to make a financial contribution, please visit Africyle's web site at www.africycle.org.