Bikes found or seized by Warwickshire Police have been sent to Zambia to help improve life prospects for rural communities.
The force has donated 12 bicycles to Re-Cycle; a UK-registered charity committed to providing a route out of poverty through the provision of cheap, sustainable transport in Ghana, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Kenya.
The bikes are used to travel to work and school and can also be adapted to carry goods and passengers, giving small scale farmers and traders the opportunity to reach customers further afield or take more produce to market. They are also an invaluable resource for traveling health workers coping with the AIDS epidemic.
Bikes donated to Re-Cycle are checked over and sound bikes are prepared for shipment and sent to the charity’s various partner organisations in Africa.
Many of Re-Cycle’s partners also teach repair and maintenance skills, providing a community resource which keeps people on their bikes and mobile. Damaged bikes or bikes in poor condition are stripped down and the spare parts are also sent to Africa.
Neil Hewison, Judicial Services Manager at Warwickshire Police said: “Warwickshire Police is delighted to support the valuable work of Re-Cycle in supporting individuals and communities in the UK and Africa. As a force we are committed to supporting charitable efforts wherever we can.”
Derek Balcombe, Operations Manager at Re-Cycle: “We are very grateful for the 12 bikes that were recently donated to us by Warwickshire Police. The bikes have now been sent to Zambia, part of a load of 434, where they will be used to help improve the lives of subsistence farmers in rural areas.
“They will provide a low cost and sustainable means of transporting produce to market and save people many hours of walking each day. On behalf of our partner, The Kaloko Trust, Zambia we thank all at Warwickshire Police for their support.”