Norristown Rotary hosts Bike Collection to help developing countries

posted May 20, 2013, 3:39 AM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated May 5, 2014, 2:36 PM ]

May 18, 2013 - The Rotary Club of Norristown conducted a used bicycle collection in conjunction with the Pedals for Progress organization at Norristown Area High School as part of West Norriton Day. The weather was drizzling from time to time and reduced the possible crowd turnout at the event a bit as well as the number of bicycles collected compared to other years. But that didn't stop club members and the generous from coming out and dropping off twenty five bikes along with one sewing machine. The used bikes are being sent by Pedals for Progress (P4P) to EcoBici in Rivas, Nicaragua. Pedals for Progress has received, processed and donated over 130,000 bicycles, 2,000 used sewing machines and $10.8 million in new spare parts to partner charities in 38 developing world countries. Underprivileged recipients overseas need cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to jobs, markets, customers, and schools. With sewing machines, students can learn to become self-employed dressmakers and tailors.
Several people asked if they could donate a bike later. Project Chairman Jim Jones told them that he could take them if they dropped them off anytime during the year. Jim's number is (610) 277-2504. Give him a call if you have bikes, we've started collecting for next year already.

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