The Newtown Rotary Club is holding a used bike collection on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to support Pedals for Progress. The collection will be held in the parking lot across from Olde St. Andrew Church on Sycamore Street (135 S. Sycamore St.)
This is the 11th year the local Rotary Club will hold a collection for Pedals for Progess, a nonprofit organization that ships used bicycles to countries like Nicaragua, Ghana and Costa Rica. The goal is to help residents of developing countries achieve independence by giving them bikes.
Any adult or child’s bicycle in repairable condition can be donated. No bike parts or disassembled bikes will be accepted.
Each year, Pedals for Progress collects 5,000 to 7,000 bicycles for the needy. To date, more than 139,000 bicycles have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
A donation toward shipping costs is necessary – a suggested minimum is $10 per bike.
The organization will also be collecting sewing machines to donate to developing countries.
To learn more about Pedals for Progress visit www.p4p.org.
For details about Saturday’s bike drive, contact DrJerry@8ww.com.