NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Within a month, Faith Lutheran in New Providence, led by members Casey Walsh of Bridgewater, Cliff Auchter of Berkeley Heights, and Ralph Adamson of Warren, collected 170 used bikes from New Providence, Berkeley Heights, other Union County towns and Succasunna. The collection was conducted on behalf of Pedals for Progress, an organization which annually recycles bikes for persons in developing countries.

The effort culminated on Saturday, June 20, when 12  members, working in the parking lot of Faith, repaired and processed the 170 bikes for shipment.

During the past 30 years, Pedals for Progress has collected 172,000 bicycles and shipped this material wealth to persons of developing countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa. In these countries, the bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults. The bikes provide the adults with reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting produce to market, as well as accessing health care and other services. Steady employment for adults is vital to the development and success of struggling communities.

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The 170 bicycles collected in New Providence will be shipped to Thailand. Faith has contributed $1,700 toward the shipment.

Since 2002, Faith Lutheran has been collecting bikes for Pedals for Progress. Walsh has chaired this ministry since 2016.

The pastor of Faith is Rev. Jane McCready. Faith's website is www.famfaith.org The church is at  524 South St. For more information, call 908-464-5177.