It’s great when an idea comes to life especially when good things happen to those with not much happiness in their lives. I loved the “donate a coat” campaign that was supported by Breakfast TV last Christmas – they handled tens of thousands of coats including several old monsters from our wardrobe which kept some poor folks warm through the winter.
So when I got a mail from a chum about a collection of second hand bicycles which are to be shipped out to Africa for kids in remote villages I immediately wanted to help not to mention hand over a few old bikes in my garage. Since his mail arrived in my inbox I’ve connected him to a local journalist I know, forwarded his mail to my brother in law who cycles a lot and is a governor of a local school, connected him with the founder of a cycling portal called www.cyclingbuddy.com, sent him a list of cycling brands I collected at an exhibition and offered to produce a short video interview as people load up his container.
I don’t say this with a glow imperious pride but just as an illustration of how anyone can help with just sharing a few contacts, knocking out an email or two and throwing in a couple of fresh ideas. What he really needs are some regional collection centres so if you think you can help do get in touch. And if you can forward this blog/link to others who you think might be able to help then please do.
It costs about £12,000 to hire, pack and ship the container across to Kenya and all funds raised will go to this cost not any other so he’s also fundraising like mad at http://www.justgiving.com/BikeAid-BikeAid . He needs helmets, locks, tools, spare parts, oil, puncture repair kits, inner tubes, pumps and valves too.
You can learn about Nick Deane’s exploits at http://goo.gl/2FA0r – I’ll keep you posted as to how the project goes.