Container shipped to BEN South Africa
Last week we sent another container of bikes to the Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN) in South Africa. A total of 422 bikes were shipped along with tools and spare parts needed to maintain them. Some of these bikes will be sent to a new Bicycling Empowerment Centre (BEC) in Montagu, approximately 150 miles North East of Cape Town.
This new workshop is being set up in a shipping container thanks to the support of 2 donors and long term supporters of Re~Cycle: Kevin Ablitt and Noelle Peacock. Together they have raised a staggering £6,000 to fund the project. These funds have paid for the shipping costs of the 40’ container and a 20’ container donated by BEN to the new BEC in Montagu.
The 20’ container will be converted into a fully operational bicycle workshop. William Swanepoel, the new BEC manager, will run the workshop. The funds raised by Kevin and Noelle will also cover business and mechanic training for William to ensure that the workshop is a success. A total of 50 bikes will be sent for the new shop, along with spares and tools needed to kit out the workshop. Kevin and Noelle will also be travelling to South Africa in October to assist with the setting up of the new workshop, to help it get off to a good start!