On Saturday the 31st January 2015, Re~Cycle will be holding another bike sale following the success of our previous one. There will be a choice of over 60 new and refurbished bikes including Specialized, Pashley, Boardman, Raleigh and Carerra as well as a good selection of children’s bikes. We will be operating on a first come first served basis and will not be taking reservations, so please come down early if you want to grab yourself a bargain.
We know it's 2015 already! But 2013-2014 was a huge year for us doubling the number of bicycles collected over the previous year. We shipped 7,103 bikes, reaching 42,618 people, providing swift transport, access to health, education and income for those in disadvantaged African communities. So we spent some extra time on our Annual Report - submitted a few months back.
Why not start the New Year by reviewing what we have achieved with your help.
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The office and warehouse at Colchester is closed over Christmas from Wednesday 24th December - back open as usual on Monday 5th January.
This year Re~Cycle has shipped 9,769 bikes to Africa. To celebrate, we've teamed up with our corporate partners Halfords, to offer one lucky winner a bike of their choice worth £500! To enter click here: http://a.pgtb.me/4f9b9D
Established in 1995, the Kaloko Trust is a UK-based charity, which works to relieve poverty and raise livelihoods in rural communities in Zambia, southern Africa.Re~Cycle has been working with the Kaloko Trust from some time now, but it wasn’t until 2009 that we shipped out first full container of bikes to a new bike project supported by The Kaloko Trust. Five years on and we’ve shipped nearly 3000 bicycles out to Zambia!
Ian Trought from Claygate has taken it upon himself to collect old bikes on Behalf of Re~Cycle! Ian has booked the Claygate Village Hall car park in Church Lane on the mornings of Saturday 8th and 15th of November, for people to donate their old bikes. He is hoping someone will be able to offer a location to store the bikes for a few days, before he hires a vehicle to take them to Re-Cycle HQ in Colchester.
You might have heard us say a bicycle is more than just a bicycle, but rarely has it been more true than for Moses Musukubili, a health worker and bike shop manager from Namibia’s Zambezi region. For Moses and the children in his care, bikes and bicycle maintenance mean food and a path to a better life.
This month we sent off a total of 1,286 bicycles to our partners in Ghana. The first shipment of 435 bicycles was sent to Ability Bikes Cooperative, a social enterprise bike shop that provides affordable transport options to the local community of Koforidua.
We sent a further two shipping containers filled with 851 bikes to the Village Bicycle Project. The first container was loaded at our HQ in Colchester and the second in Twickenham by our supporters Action Bikes.
To date we have sent a staggering 59,023 bikes to Africa. Research from the field has shown that the average household bike is used by 6 people, meaning that we've potentially helped as many as 354,138 people!
Hardcourt are exhibiting a number of exquisitely customised polo bike wheel covers at Look Mum No Hands! in Mare street. All the works will be available to buy via silent auction, with all proceeds going to Re~Cycle.