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Our club wins a prestigious international prize

Re-cycling 4 Africa, cycles 2 India” :

Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland have awarded The Rotary Club of Hope Valley the 'Club Prize' in the 2011/12 Rodney Huggins Environment Award. The award has been given for our Rotary Club’s environmental work in supplying 500 second-hand/used bikes to deserving communities in Africa and disabled people in India. The award was backed up with a cheque to help Hope Valley Rotarians continue their work assisting youngsters get to school or help disabled people regain mobility. In the past year the Club has been working closely with the Rotary Club of Matlock, whose members raised funds to enable 101 bicycles to be shipped to school children in The Gambia.

Approximately 400 refurbished bicycles have been sent to Africa, for use by children and teenagers, who live too far from a school to walk to their place of education. The 100 bicycles sent to India were shipped out in an un-refurbished state, for conversion by trained personnel into outdoor wheelchairs.

The bicycles have been rescued from being neglected, broken, scrapped or being thought of as ‘too old’ or ‘out of fashion’. Their refurbishment and subsequent re-use has positive benefits to the environment, and has maximised and extended the life of the bicycles.

Rtn Ian Charles PHF who led the project also conceived the idea of shipping out second hand books in the voids left in the containers between the stacked bicycles – an idea which has now been adopted by Jole Rider, who shipped the bicycles to Africa.   In the next 4 months Hope Valley Rotarians plan to send 100 bicycles to Africa, via Jole Rider.

If you live in the Hope or Derwent Valleys and have an unwanted bicycle email Ian Ord at ian@ian-ord.co.uk or phone 01433 62 1431. It costs us £15 to send a bicycle to Africa, if you haven’t a bicycle to donate but would like to assist, a cheque (posted to Rtn Ian Ord, Orlecar Cottage, Edale Road, Hope, S33 6SF) for £5, £10 or £15, made out to ‘The Rotary Club of Hope Valley’ would be really appreciated. For further information on the Rotary Club of Hope Valley browse http://www.rotary1220.org/hop/