Have an old bike gathering dust in your garage or basement? Resale won't bring much and garbage like this is filling our dwindling landfills. Millions of people in developing countries throughout the world have no means of transportation other than their feet.
Pedals for Progress (p4p) is trying to help by gathering used bikes and shipping them to worldwide partners. 11,000 bikes are collected annually and, to date, more than 117,000 have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. Once there, bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults, providing reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting produce to market, or accessing health care and other services. The result? Families are more secure and economies grow.
If you have an adult or child's bicycle in repairable condition, please consider donating to this worthy cause. Disassembled bikes or "bikes for parts" cannot be accepted.
The Metuchen Rotary Club & the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen will be a drop-off point for bike donations:
§ 9 AM to 12 Noon on
§ Saturday, May 2, 2009 rain or shine
§ First Presbyterian Church Social Center, 270 Woodbridge Ave, Metuchen, NJ 08840.
§ It costs $35 to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute each bicycle. A donation toward shipping costs is necessary to get your bike where it needs to go (suggested minimum $10 per bike)
§ Also accepted - working portable sewing machines
§ Wrenches needed too, if you have any you can donate
§ For more info, call Jay at (732) 548-0149
All cash and material donations are fully tax deductible and a receipt will be available at the collection site. Pedals for Progress is a 501 (c) (3) corporation and a registered charity in the states of NJ, PA, KS, CT, MA & VT. Brochures explaining this innovative program will be available at the collection site.
For detailed information about this overseas projects and a current schedule of bicycle collection, visit the P4P website at www.p4p.org.