OT - Bicycles for charity

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 22:39
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Totally off topic, but i have a number of old bikes in various stages of disassembly (Son who wanted to fix them but didn't listen). I dont want to take them to the tip, but there used to be charities that repaired them and sent them overseas for needy kids.

There used to be guys in midland but the local bike shops think they dont do it any more. Does any one knwo of any charities that still want them.

I am prepared to even deliver if the distance is not to unreasonable.

Alan
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Reply By: mike w (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 22:45

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 22:45
It may not be of any help, however there is one place that I remember that is located in the busselton LIA. A bit far away, but they may be able to put you incontact with the right people.

Also, http://www.goodwillbicycles.com/ although a sydney based org, may have contacts of who else is available in WA.

Otherwise, give the WA Cycling Federation a try, they may know of something.

Good luck, a very worthy cause, and one well worth supporting.
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Reply By: 96 GXL 80 series - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 23:52

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 23:52
I thought there was a "Workshop for Men" that were doing something like that.

You could probable contact a Salvo shop and find out.

Great idea rather than dumping them.
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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 02:16

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 02:16
I tried the same thing a couple of years ago and got nowhere, finished up putting them on the tip which was disappointing considering they were in pretty good nick and really only needed new tyres and a little paint. Unfortunately the bikes didn't have gears and had backwards brakes

Good luck with your search.

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Reply By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 06:54

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 06:54
Hi Alan,
Been doing that, informally, for a few years [refurbishing old bikes and giving them to kids locally].

More a hobby than community spirit, given it away now, most kids seem to want the new big name models these days and a 10 year old bike doesnt cut it anymore.

Trouble I think is, bikes are not seen as transport anymore, but more as a toy.
And the general view, around these parts, if a kid cant afford a bike........you steal it........more fun.........lol.

Keep searching mate, I havent bothered, there must be some crowd doing this sort of thing.

Cheers......Lionel.

PS Paula says g'day you and Sally.
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Follow Up By: Alan S (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 09:36

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 09:36
Hi, when i see her tonight i will pass it on.

I suppose they cut their teeth on bikes then go on to cars!
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Reply By: jdwynn (Adelaide) - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 08:23

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 08:23
Alan

The BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE in WA has been involved in the "Bikes for Refugees" program in the past. Suggest you contact them. The details I could find are 2 Delhi Street, West Perth, WA, 6005, or http://www.multiline.com.au/~bta/.

Cheers JD
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Reply By: Alan S (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 09:35

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 09:35
Thanks all, at least i have a few leads now.

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Reply By: Member - Ann D (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 10:09

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 10:09
Try curtin fm radio they are always looking for toys/bikes etc to do up for xmas gifts to the
disadvantaged.

Cheers Ann
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Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 11:39

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 11:39
I have done up some bikes from family and friends in the past, you know get them rideable and given them to the aboriginal kids in Arnhemland or kakadu.

The best part is they have the biggest smile, and they don't care that there not new.

Pity you can't send them to me.

Cheers Steve.
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