WHEN you trudge 6kms to work and back every day to make a living, a bike would be on anyone’s bucket list and recently big ticks appeared on the lists of three workers when they each took delivery of a donated bike.
This was courtesy of a new initiative led by vivacious Helen Averbuch, sculptor, art teacher and cycle enthusiast.
“In March this year, when my son Jack was given a new bicycle for his birthday, my friend Leonie Yendall, another cycle enthusiast, fixed up his old bike and gave it to the community on her farm at Manley Flats. The pictures and story that she posted on the Manley Flats Community Trails Facebook page resulted in more bicycles being donated,” said Averbuch
Children’s bicycles are gifted to the children of Sikhululekile near Manley Flats. Community members themselves decide which child is to receive a bicycle and fifteen have been gifted to date.
The young cyclists are not allowed to cycle on the R67 because of the inherent dangers.
“Larger bicycles are gifted to adults who commute to work in the Ndlambe area on foot. Taking my children to school in the morning, I see the same people walking incredible distances just to earn a living. This bicycle project, now known as ‘reCycle’, has grown from that,” Averbuch said.
Six such bicycles have been gifted to date including three from Rotary Port Alfred who, in turn, have received a consignment of bikes from a fellow Rotary Club in Empangeni, donated to them by Rotarians overseas. The only criterion for giving the bikes is the beneficiary should be employed, trustworthy and able to ride a bike.
Helping Averbuch and Rotary with the project is The Cycle Asylum in Port Alfred and The Motion Shop in Grahamstown who service the bikes free of charge. Donations of more bicycles of any size, plus helmets and gloves, will be greatly valued. Contact Averbuch at 082-841-0790 or find the updates on the “reCycle” Facebook page.