This Bike Is A Life Saver
Earlier this month we held a ‘Bike Aid Appreciation’ evening in The Parador, Belfast. It was an opportunity to share stories of how our bikes are changing lives in Madagascar and to say thank you to the many amazing people linked with our bike project.
We had a special Malagasy visit from Sam Cameron of Feedback Madagascar/ Ny Tanintsika, who received a container of bikes last year and is lined up to receive our next shipment later this year. It was invaluable to hear first-hand of the kind of journeys the bikes make once they leave the shores of Belfast.
Amboni (pictured above) is a peanut farmer who takes his produce to local market days twice a week. He also shares his bike with five other members of his village, showing how bikes are benefiting both individuals and their communities!
Joeline supports young, vulnerable mothers in rural communities and says that in their area “the roads are dangerous due to banditry, so walking alone is best avoided: this bike is a life-saver. Thank you”.
Our bike project would not happen without the dedication and drive of so many people – those who give bikes, collect bikes, fix bikes, pack the container or help fund the shipment.
To everyone involved: Misaotra Betsaka (Thanks very much)!
Sharing photos and hearing stories of those benefiting from our bikes, motivates us as we prepare for our next shipment of bikes later this year. There are so many ways you can be part of our growing bike family. Two of the most valuable ways are either coming down to our workshop, learning bike repair skills and getting stuck in; or help us fund the shipping of bikes from Belfast all the way to Madagascar. You can donate online here or to find out more, please get in touch (email Colin)