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NDG Bike Collection Drive Oct. 20

 

by John Symon

 

Wheels in Haiti travel by bike
Wheels in Haiti travel by bike

Cyclo Nord-Sud (CNS) is appealing to Montrealers to donate used bicycles at its annual NDG bike collection drive on Sunday, October 20. The charitable group has sent some 45,000 used bicycles from Canada to developing countries since 1999. Such bicycles, once repaired, typically serve from 5 to 10 people during another 20 years in nations such as Burkina Faso, Haiti, Mali, and Nicaragua.

 

“Do you have a bike rusting in your shed, in your basement or on your balcony?” asks spokesman Glenn Rubenstein. “Here’s your chance to get it back on the road where it will make a real difference… in a developing country!” Rubenstein says that donated bikes are greatly appreciated by children trying to get to school and by families gathering firewood or drinking water.

 

Fruit seller uses a bike in Nepal
Fruit seller uses a bike in Nepal

“In Canada, we think of bicycles as recreational items, but in developing countries they are instead thought of as vital transportation tools. On bikes, children can get to school much more efficiently and promptly. The bicycles that people donate will thus improve the lives of hundreds of students and their families, while also generating employment at the new repair workshop that is being created as part of the project,” continues Rubenstein.

 

Women in developing countries also particularly benefit from having bicycles to use, potentially saving them hours every day from walking and carrying heavy burdens.

 

Kids playing around with a transporter bike in Nicaragua
Kids playing around with a transporter bike in Nicaragua

CNS is also looking for bike parts, tools and accessories. In order to help cover transportation and storage fees, CNS requests a minimum contribution of $15 per bicycle donated. In exchange, donors will receive an income tax receipt equal to the value of the bicycle plus the cash donation.

 

The charity thanks its principal sponsor, Caisse populaire Desjardins de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, as well as the Coop La Maison Verte and its members for organizing this bike collection drive.

 

 

 

Used bicycle collection

Sun., Oct. 20: 10 AM–2 PM

Coop La Maison Verte

5785 Sherbrooke St. W

www.cyclonordsud.org

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