Great response for Ellon bike collection

Ellon Academy pupil Adam Webster with Interact leader and teacher, Astrid Patrigeon, at the bike collection
Ellon Academy pupil Adam Webster with Interact leader and teacher, Astrid Patrigeon, at the bike collection

Ellon Rotary held the first of two collections of used bicycles at Tesco car park at the weekend.

The bicycles will go to help children travel to schools in The Gambia in West Africa.

A total of 175 bikes were collected and Ellon Rotary members are hoping that more unused cycles will be donated again this weekend.

Once collected by Rotary Clubs the bikes are transported to Bath, refurbished by prison inmates as part of their rehabilitation into the community and then shipped abroad for controlled distribution.

Ellon Rotary’s Interact group (Rotary for ages 13-18) helped with Saturday’s collection.

One bike came all the way from Newtonhill as Edwin Ewen explained: “I have been meaning to take my old bike to the skip but this is a far better way to pass it on.”

Nicola Fraser of Ellon added: “This is such a great thing to do, helping children get to school, giving prisoners a purpose and clearing out my shed, and all for only £10!”

A second and final collection will take place at Tesco Ellon this Saturday (January 14) between 10am and 4pm.

If you have a bike but cannot attend the collection contact Martin Forster on 07813 805707.

Each person donating a bicycle is encouraged to provide £10 to cover the cost of shipping to Africa.