2015 African Bike
Drive ~ Date TBA
Sammamish City Hall
801 228th Ave SE
Bike Drop off from 9am – 1pm.
Volunteers needed from 8am – 5pm.
The Bike Project of 2013 was a great success!
642 bikes plus additional bike parts were shipped to Ghana Africa from
the 2013 drive held on May 4th. 87 volunteers showed up to help 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 4th.
We had so many bikes that they didn't all fit into the shipping cargo
container! We had to use a flatbed and pickup trucks to transport the
extra bikes to Seattle to await a cargo container bound for Sierra Leone
(See all photos below.)
Your used bicycle can greatly enrich the life of a poor family in Africa
or elsewhere in the world!
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 around 5,000 bikes for Ghana alone. Bikes are also now being
shipped to Sierra Leone.
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 being in Sammamish Washington on Saturday,
May 3rd to help 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 email@example.com
To make a donation of cash or other resources,
please click here: Donations
Enjoy these photos from Bike Project 2013:
Enjoy these photos from the 2012 Bike Project
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