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Rotary Clubs of Livingston to Sponsor Used Bike Collection for Developing Countries

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Pedals for Progress, in its continuing effort to recycle bicycles properly, is having a used bike collection sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Livingston and co-sponsored by the Livingston High School Interact Club. Anyone with an adult or child’s bicycle in repairable condition is urged to donate his or her bike to this cause.

Bikes can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Sept. 26 rain or shine at the West Essex YMCA. Bikes should be rust free. No trikes, but bikes with flat tires in need of some repair are accepted. The event is collecting adult and kids bikes to send to Nicaragua, Ghana, Albania, Costa Rica and Guatamala and asks the community to do its part by putting unused bikes to good use in the developing world. Pedals for Progress does not accept “bikes for parts” or disassembled bikes.

To date, more than 143,000 have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. In these countries, bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low costs 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. According to the Rotary Clubs of Livingston, steady employment for these adults is vital to the development and success for these economies.

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It costs $40 to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute each bicycle. Therefore, a donation toward shipping costs is necessary, with a suggested minimum donation of $10 per bike. All cash and material donations are fully deductible and a receipt will be available at the collection site. Pedals for Progess also accepts working portable sewing machines.

Pedals for Progress is a 501©(3) corporation and a registered charity in the states of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont and Indiana. Pedals for Progress also seeks donations of wrenches for its overseas shops. For detailed information about the overseas projects and a current schedule of bicycle collections, visit www.p4p.org or contact Peter Dakich at pdakich@yahoo.com

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