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STOP PRESS - Bikes4Africa

Many African youngsters who live in remote villages, rely on bikes to get to school. In many villages, schools are beyond walking distance and there aren't any buses, lorries or cars to get youngsters to school. So if they don't have a bike, these youngsters can miss out on their education!

Many of you will have known Hope Valley Rotarian Ian Charles, who with other members of our Rotary Club, helped to organise the collection (and also helped to fund the transportation) of 500+ bikes to school kids in East Africa.

Sadly, Ian Charles passed away this Spring (see our article dated 21st June, also in our Club News section). In honour of his father, Ian's son Lee Charles is to continue Ian's and our Rotary Club's Bikes4Africa work.

If you have a bike you'd like to donate, drop it in to Bradwell Packaging, Stretfield Mill, off Stretfield Road, Bradwell, S33 9JT; or email .

Here's the 12,000th bike, which was badged up with the name of Ian Charles, from the Rotary Club of Hope Valley, being delivered to the School Principal of Berending Lower Basic School, in Gambia:

Ian would have been proud to know that his work with Jole Rider/Bikes4Africa will continue through Lee and our Rotary Club.

An article from The Matlock Mercury describing how Lee Charles is taking over from his late Rotarian father (Ian Charles) to work with the Rotary Club of Hope Valley to collect and send Bikes4Africa through Jole Rider