Thanks to the efforts of our long term supporter Kevin Ablitt (Ipswich's well known Bicycle Doctor), donations of bicycles from the Ipswich area are building up. Kevin has been collecting bicycles, mainly in the evening, and then bringing them down to our warehouse to be included in the next shipment out to Africa. If you have an unwanted bike that you would like to given a new lease of life please ring Kevin 07887 788 972 to arrange a collection.
It would however be extremely helpful to have somewhere to store the bikes until the next delivery to Colchester. If you have an unused garage or large shed or even something a little larger still, Kevin would be delighted to hear from you. It would help to increase the number of bikes we collect and ship and ultimately, increase the number of people in Africa who benefit. Thank you and thanks to all who have donated bikes and supported our work.
Our partners at See the Difference (STD), an online fundraising organisation, are raising funds to send a container of bikes to Re~Cycle partner Bicycle Empowerment Network Namibia (BENN).
See the campaign on the link below – please donate, please spread the word:
It’s a novel way to raise money – add a clip of yourself with a bike and post it on their website along with a donation. Post your picture, your friend’s picture, or the picture of your loved one.
We are featured on the front page of their website, STD has secured support from Cycle Surgery and to top it off, STD will match the funds raised!
We are so grateful to the team – (thanks Nicola!) and value their support.
Thus far they have raised over £1,000!
Re~Cycle is loading our 100th container today!
This landmark shipment, which is going to Mombasa in Kenya, will take the total number of bicycles sent in the last eleven years past 36,000.
On arrival in Africa, the bikes will be checked over by Re-Cycle’s partner before being distributed to local people to save them from having to walk long distances to access healthcare, education or employment.
Many of the bicycles will help Nurses, Midwives and other heath care workers visit more patients in villages than they could do on foot.
We're doing a collection at Abel&Cole, Wimbledon Saturday 12 February
Bring bikes to donate (with a cash donation, please). Volunteers needed, please, to help with marketing and preparing the bikes for shipping. No experience or tools needed. Contact Rita Solanke - 07783 285 343
And it looks like we're losing our storage there, so PLEASE get in touch if you know of storage in London, ideally 6-8,000 sq feet of space (560-740 sq m with 40-foot container access. Smaller and without also helpful.
Welcome to a long overdue newsletter (could do with marketing help) - I'm happy to say that all's going well with Re~Cycle :)
10 shipments sent in 2010, up from low figure of 7 in 2009 (when Royal Mail stopped sending bikes)
Total bikes shipped now passed 36,000!
- New online shop (Xmas, hint hint!)
- 100th Container Celebration
- Abel & Cole collecting bikes in London and others
- City of London - Cycle Style
- Sponsored rides - some amazing endeavours
- Royal Mail - logistics help needed please
- Africa - new partners and more - Ability Bikes - see home page
- UK - web map to find bike re-use projects
- London Re~Cycle - please help us set up a Collection Hub in London
- Help wanted - pretty please
- Trustees and Patrons wanted
Men's or ladies cut
Dark blue or black
Front - logo + web
Back - logo + web + strap line + tyre track
Certified by the Skal International standards for sustainable textile production.
Made from 100% pure organically grown cotton utilising azo-free dyes
We did our first loading from at Able & Cole's Wimbledon depot.
Some of the old hands from Colchester came and a load of new London volunteers have started to learn the art of packing bikes into a container. Thanks to all of you, and the prep crew, and Abel&Cole and their volunteers :)
The bikes are going to a women's project run by the Village Bicycle Project (VBP), including the tracking bikes, pictures and info here.
We have just finished loading our 9th container of the year and have cause for a triple celebration -
- Our first time sending bikes to Malawi
- The bikes are going to a new partner
- A record number of bikes loaded - 475
Many thanks to all who donated the bicycles to us and a massive well done and thank you to the fantastic team of loaders.
The next few weeks will be very busy! We will be loading the next shipment of bikes from Colchester in the next 10 days or so - awaiting confirmation of date. What will be our 98th shipment is being sent to Mchinji, Malawi to support an Anti Child Trafficking project run by The Salvation Army International Development Division. This will be the first time that we have shipped to Malawi and the first time that we have worked with such a big partner organisation so we are particularly looking forward to getting the bikes loaded and sent on their way.
The 99th shipment which is to be loaded in Wimbledon, will follow hot on it's heals. This is being sent to The Village Bicycle Project in Accra, Ghana and will comprise of bicycles collected and stored on our behalf by Abel & Cole - see news story below. This loading will take place on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th November.
When: 15 - 31 October (inclusive).
Where: Look Mum No Hands - 49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX - map here
Diego Marando, one of our generous volunteers, is having an exhibition at the "Look Mum No Hands" cafe.
Diego is offering to donate to Re-Cycle £5 for every print sold (each
print is worth £25).
Please support generously.
New London pages on this web site: