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School Bikes for Africa (Gambia) Launch

Clonmel Rotary Club has been involved in this venture for the past 7-8 years under the able stewardship of our Rotary colleague Joe O’ Sullivan. Initially this resulted in old bikes being collected in the Tipperary area and stored in a shed in the old Ronan Tannery premises off the Coleville Road in Clonmel.

Normally this collection took place in May of each year and was well advertised on local radio and in the local press. Approximately 100 bikes were collected each year and were then conveyed to Loughan House in Cavan, where the inmates repaired them. Sponsorship covered the cost of transportation from Clonmel to Cavan. The repaired bikes were then shipped to schools in Gambia, where they were used by students to cycle long distances from their homes to the schools. This has resulted in a big increase in the learning capabilities of the students in Gambia.

The project has now gone nationwide in that multiple counties are now involved with Rotary Ireland being the Chief Organiser. They have now included Local Authorities, the Department of the Environment, the Prison Service and the Irish Defence Forces, as well of course as the local Rotary Clubs in each county. In the case of County Tipperary, Clonmel Rotary Club ably led by President Michael O’Malley and Project Leader Billy Doyle is the main link between Rotary Ireland and Tipperary County Council in launching the bikes project for this year.

Tipperary County Council Cashel Recycling Centre will now be the location where a container will be installed and where bikes from all over the county will be brought to. The County Council will also endeavour to enable bikes to be brought to Cashel from various locations in the county throughout the year. The target is for 450 bikes to be collected in a 12-month period and these will then be brought to either Loughan House, Shelton Abbey or Castlerea for repair work to be carried out, with the Army facilitating the transport of the bikes to these aforementioned locations. Once the repair works are complete, the bikes will be shipped to the schools in Gambia.

The Cathaoirleach of Tipperary Co. Co. Cllr Marie Murphy said the School Bikes for Africa was a very worthy cause and that the Civic Amenity site in Cashel was able to facilitate arrangements for the deposit and collection of the bikes. This project is another example of a reuse/recycle initiative. The Council is delighted to be associated with this venture and wish to convey our full and total support to Clonmel Rotary Club and Rotary Ireland in ensuring a successful outcome to this project.

Wednesday, 20 October, 2021 - 16:15
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