Big boost to bike cause

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Peter Moore, John Turner and Chris Neretlis load up a trailer with pushbikes for impoverished people in Malawi.
Camera IconPeter Moore, John Turner and Chris Neretlis load up a trailer with pushbikes for impoverished people in Malawi. Credit: Adam Poulsen

The Geraldton chapter of Bicycles for Humanity recently loaded up a trailer with 40 bikes bound for Malawi.

The global charity repairs unwanted bikes before shipping them to impoverished African countries to help people gain mobility.

Peter Moore, who heads the local branch, said the community had come out in droves to support a recent appeal for donations.

“We got a tremendous response as a result of the article in The Geraldton Guardian (Donate bikes to stop cycle of poverty, 21/12/18),” he said.

“People from all over Geraldton and even Mullewa donated.

“One guy gave us two trailer-loads of spare parts and good quality bikes. Some were brand new.”

More bikes ready to be worked on.
Camera IconMore bikes ready to be worked on. Credit: Adam Poulsen

Last year, Mr Moore and a small group of helpers fixed about 200 bikes, which were sent to Perth to be shipped to community organisations overseas by Bicycles for Humanity WA.

Last Tuesday, the Geraldton chapter delivered its first load of the new year in a trailer hired at no cost from Highway Auto Barn.

Mr Moore said the group hoped to smash last year’s record in 2019. “We want to break the 200 figure — maybe double it,” he said.

Peter Moore, John Turner and Chris Neretlis load up a trailer with pushbikes bound for impoverished people in Malawi.
Camera IconPeter Moore, John Turner and Chris Neretlis load up a trailer with pushbikes bound for impoverished people in Malawi. Credit: Adam Poulsen

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