Our Rotary Club is shipping used bicycles to a receiving Rotary Club in Durban, South Africa, for distribution to rural communities. The rural communities do not have public transportation or meaningful infrastructure. Bicycle are life changing in these communities, in that bicycles allow people to obtain medical treatment, go to school and transact business. Bicycles help break the extreme poverty cycle. Sending the used bicycles to these communities also keeps them out of the garbage dumps in our communities.
On February 9th, we are collecting add’l bicycles from the community (tell your friends, post on Facebook, etc.), preparing the bicycles for transportation (preforming minor repairs, removing wheels and pedals and zip tying them to the bicycle, and packing the shipping container. About half of the bicycles are already prepped for shipping.
The shipping container will be a 40’x20’ container (generously donated by the Rotary Club of Weston) at the site.
One group of volunteers will work on removing and prepping the bikes from the temporary storage while another group will simultaneously take a U-Haul van to transport the bikes from the storage facility and load them directly into the shipping container.
There is a lot to do in a single day and we will need many volunteers. Jeff Kostick will circulate a sign-up sheet. Contract Jeff, the project chair, with any questions.
Ending time is an estimate, we work until we are finished.