The Wheatley Afri-Bike Coalition will be accepting bicycles, bike parts, helmets, locks, tools and as monetary donations to send to poverty-stricken rural villagers in Ghana, West Africa. The collection is in coordination with the Village Bike Project, a non-profit organization.
The Wheatley School Afri-Bike Coalition is a large group of high school students who are members of many collaborating clubs, led by The Wheatley Environmental Action Committee. Since 1999, The Coalition has collected, processed, and sent over 2,500 bikes to Ghana and raised over $30,000 for shipping.
Most residents of Ghana live on less than a dollar a day, will never own cars, and do not have electricity or running water. Bikes are economical, environmentally friendly, and easier to repair and maintain than cars. Bicycles increase access to school, work, market place, and health care and help poor, rural Ghanains to help themselves.
The collection will take place on Oct. 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Wheatley School, 11 Bacon Road in Old Westbury.