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2015 African Bike Drive ~ Date TBA


The Bike Project of 2014 was a great success!
538 bikes plus additional bike parts such as inner tubes, bike pumps, helmets, etc. were shipped to Ghana Africa from the 2014 drive held on May 3rd. 85 volunteers showed up on the day of drive, with the youngest volunteer being 3 years old. They helped prepare the bikes for shipment by lowering handlebars and seats allowing more bikes to be placed into the shipping cargo container. Two Men and A Truck–Movers Who Care once again showed their community spirit by assisting us in transporting bikes to Sammamish City Hall that had been collected before May 3rd. The bikes that did not fit into the cargo container were loaded into 3 pickup trucks and held in a Seattle storage unit awaiting shipment to Sierra Leone in June.

In scores of poverty villages on this planet, the only transportation is by foot or bicycle. While those with bikes can reach distant jobs, schools or markets, without transportation other families constantly fall further into multi-generational poverty. Several years ago we discovered how dramatically the ownership of one bicycle transforms a barely subsisting family into one of improved security, health and self-reliance. Since then ARAS has made sending bikes to poverty villages a priority. Over the last 9 years, in support of the Village Bicycle Project, ARAS has collected over 6,000 bikes and thousands of bikes parts which have been shipped to Ghana and Sierra Leone Africa.

(See all photos below.)




Your used bicycle can greatly enrich the life of a poor family in Africa or elsewhere in the world!


Many bikes we accept are new or like-new while others need repairs or parts. However, if it is not badly rusted, any bike can be restored and made serviceable for thousands more miles. For a day of energetic fun and accomplishment, plan on helping us prepare bikes for shipping. This is a community service project suitable for the whole family where we provide tools and teach what you need to know. For more information or if you have a bike to donate or can help pick up donated bikes call 360-366-8421 or email mary@arasfoundation.org.

To make a donation of cash or other resources, please click here: Donations



Enjoy these photos from Bike Project 2014:


Photos by Debi Ayres Tell-your-story-photo.com


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Enjoy these photos from the 2013 Bike Project


Photos by Debi Ayres Tell-your-story-photo.com


 

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