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Rotary Club of Branchburg Collects Bikes for the Needy

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Rotary Club of Branchburg President Mike Cohen, and Rotarians Kip Bateman and Dan Matyola getting ready for Pedals for Progress Credits: Kathy Feigley
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BRANCHBURG, NJ- Pedals for Progress (P4P), in its continuing effort to recycle bicycles properly, is having a used bike collection sponsored by the Rotary Club of Branchburg. Anyone with an adult or child’s bicycle in repairable condition is urged to donate his or her bike to this worthy cause. Petals for Progress does not accept “bikes for parts” or disassembled bikes.

Bikes can be dropped off from 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday Sept 12, 2015, rain or shine @ Branchburg Municipal Building, 1077 Rt. 202 North, Branchburg, NJ 08876.  This project is coordinated by Branchburg Rotarians Kip Bateman and Dan Matyola.

P4P collects 3,000 to 5,000 bicycles annually and transfers this material wealth to those more needy. To date, more than 143,000 have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. In these countries the bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults. These bikes provide them with reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting product to market, or accessing health care and other services. Steady employment for these adults is vital to the development and success for these economies. It costs $40 to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute each bicycle. A donation toward shipping costs is necessary (suggested minimum $10 per bike). All cash and material donations are fully deductible and a receipt will be available at the collection site.

Petals for Progress also accept working portable sewing machines. Pedals for Progress is a 501 © (3) corporation and a registered charity in the states of NJ, NY, PA, CT, VT, IA. Brochures explaining this innovative program will be available at the collection site. P4P seeks donations of wrenches for our overseas shops. For detailed information about our overseas projects and a current schedule of bicycle collections, visit our website at www.p4p.org. For more information contact Dan Matyola (908) 725-3322 or (908) 526-3600 djm@stanleypmlaw.com

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