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Bikes for charitable donation

Bicycles for Humanity's Kelowna chapter will be giving away hundreds of children's and adult road bikes tomorrow, Saturday, April 5, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Everyone is invited to come down to the St. Charles Garnier Church, 3645 Benvoulin Rd, to snag a wonderful new bike for themselves and their child by donation.

President of the Kelowna chapter Keith Germaine explains that there is nothing wrong with these particular bikes but that they are not the ones they need to send to Africa.

“Bicycles for Humanity sends adult mountain bikes to Africa, but very often people donate bikes that we can't send, and so we are giving those back to the community by donation so we can raise the money to ship the bikes we are sending.”

The only bikes the charity sends over to Africa are the adult mountain bikes and that is because of their functionality.

“Adult mountain bikes are far more functional for the people we send them to. We give them to people in the medical profession, farmers, teachers, it really acts like a family car as they can carry quite a few people on one bike,” explains Germaine.

“Whereas a kid's bike is really just for the recreation so we really can't take up the shipping space to send over a kid's bike.”

He says you can expect to see over 300 kids and junior bikes including tricycles, trick bikes, bikes with training wheels, scooters and regular two-wheelers as well as a couple dozen adult road bikes.

Germaine and his team from Bicycles for Humanity will be there to introduce the charity, help your choose your perfect bike and accept donations.

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