Matthew Modine supports the launch of a short film showing how unwanted bicycles can transform the lives of people in developing countries.
'Re~Cycle - The Journey of the Mighty Bike' shows how bikes are collected and prepared by Re~Cycle volunteers in the UK, and the impact they have in Africa. The film focuses on Ability Bikes in Ghana, a bicycle co-op run by disabled staff.
Award-winning actor Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, Memphis Belle, The West Wing, Sex and Lies in Sin City) is a keen cyclist and founder of Bicycle For A Day (BFAD). He is a big fan of Re~Cycle the charity that for 10 years, has collected second-hand bikes, parts and tools in the UK and shipped them to African countries. There local partners teach people how to repair and maintain the bikes, helping them to improve their lives in a sustainable way.
BFAD supports the efforts of Re~Cycle because it puts bikes within the reach of people that have no access to bicycles. Re~Cycle empowers individuals and offers them the possibility to learn how to rebuild bikes. Everybody wins: from the bike donors to the recipients whose lives are transformed upon receiving the gift.
Bicycling is one thing that most of us can do that has an immediate positive impact on the environment. Encouraging people to pedal bikes instead of using a petroleum powered vehicles is one of the goals of Bicycle for a Day/everyday. Bikes make people smile and the world can use a lot more of that!The Bicycle Film Festival hosted the premiere of Re~Cycle’s short film, "Re~Cycle - The Journey of the Mighty Bike.
The festival and film will tour the world, appearing in 39 cities. Re~Cycle is looking for other film festivals and avenues to promote the film (please contact us if you have any suggestions). The film will later be available to view on its website.
In 2009 the BFF will be in London in September, 23rd - 27th, volunteers needed to help with valet bicycle parking and selling raffle tickets.