On the 17th June we loaded up and shipped off our sixth container load of 2011. A few hiccups later and it's finally made it onto the boat this week.
However, this shipment was a little unusual. Destined for Cape Town, we've loaded it with primarily road bikes (336 in total) plus 5 bicycle rickshaws as well as 44 bags of the usual selection of spares parts.
Rickshaws take up lot of room in the container, and we did have to sacrifice 60 or so "regular" bicycles, but in cities like Cape Town they are invaluable. They've got all sorts of uses from taxis to transportation, and we're sure they'll find a great new home in Africa.
We're home safe and sound! Thanks to everyone that visited and hopefully see you all next time.
This year, for the first time, Re~Cycle had a stall at Glastonbury Festival, in the Green Futures Field along with many other eco/environment/campaigning groups including TSFR Cymru, the Welsh group of Tools for Self Reliance whose work we greatly admire.
We did a wide range of activities but the pedal powered mobile phone charging service was the biggest hit - thanks to Jason Pettit who made it work and kept in running.
Events @ Re~Cycle:
Friday, Saturday + Sunday:
Cycle maintenance lessons @ 1-3 - thanks to the Bike Guru
Pedal powered electrical generation workshop @ 3 - thanks to Jason
Open mic - which we'll upload to the site!
For Sale: our quality and value wares, to raise much needed funds
Organic t-shirts sporting our logo
High viz vests, also sporting our log
NEW - belts made from recycled bike tyres
Fair Trade useful home-wares made from recycled bike chain
Thanks to all who dropped by for a chat and to find out about our work and for the generous support - nearly £550 raised from merchandise sales and donations.
Our man in Ghana, Jason Finch has written to say that he "collected our certificate of registration from Accra yesterday - Ezetela Bicycle Workshop - is an official business!!! It's a big achievement for us all - including everyone at RC - congratulations!"
Jason's been helping get them up and running, as well as getting vital feedback from existing partners and looking at new organisations to work with. In addition, he's had a big trip round Africa, visiting bike reuse groups. "Very Many thanks", says Re~Cycle founder Merlin.
Sarah has created a website www.cycleyourheartout.com to inspire people all around the world to fundraise for a cause they feel passionate about and cycle a route in the shape of a heat!
Launch is raising money for Re~Cycle and is on her 27th Birthday - 12pm on Saturday 2nd July. For those of you who are not massive cyclists the route will be easy and families and children are more than welcome!
Our 5th shipment has just been sent on it's way to The Kaloko Trust, Zambia. 414 bikes were loaded plus many wheels and tyres and 74 packages of spare parts. The container will go via the port at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania so we are hoping the the delays at the port that existed earlier this year will have eased and that the eagerly awaited shipment will arrive as soon as possible.