Volunteer police cadets from Hackney delivered bikes to disadvantaged children in Gambia yesterday (February 21).
— Bikes2Gambia (@Bikes2Gambia) February 21, 2017
Bikes2Gambia, a project founded by young volunteer police cadets in conjunction with DofE in 2012, was established to allow Gambian children to save money, keep healthy and improve mobility.
The project does this by servicing and redistributing unclaimed bikes from police stations in Hackney.
Whilst in Gambia, one cadet posted on Facebook: ‘We… fixed up small bikes for young students. We then took 17 bikes to a primary school near by and handed out sweets, pens, pencils, colouring books and hygiene kits.’
‘It was very emotional for the whole group and made us appreciate more about what we have and how lucky we are to have it.’
Currently, the project has donated over 600 bikes, educational resources and maintenance training.
So far, local schools and generous individuals have raised £3,115 in aid of the project.
But with a target of £20,000, funding is still required.
Speaking exclusively to ELL yesterday, Bikes2Gambia said: ‘We hope to continue to help children in Gambia improve their education through the use of bicycles and to provide more cadets with the chance to experience working for a good cause in Africa’
If you would like to donate and/or find out more about Bikes2Gambia, visit their JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Bikes4Gambia