We’re not quite done for the year, but we’ve just leaped past a few milestones so it’s worth an update:
505 page likes
422 bikes donated
301 bikes ‘rehomed’ (including 30 bikes sold for fundraising and about 50 bikes scrapped for parts or recycled)
Our bike library consists of 24 bikes (with all our adult bikes currently on loan and the kids bikes have been out regularly to events and schools bike skills training)
Since inception in July 2016, we’ve held 15 events and volunteers have contributed about 910 hours of their time!
We couldn’t do it without the support of our sponsors and the following grants: Nikau Foundation, The Tindall Foundation, Thankyou Charitable Trust, Wellington City Council Communities on Bikes fund, and donations from Switched on Bikes and Tranzit Coachlines & Tours as well as some awesome private donors.
We’re also super grateful for the ongoing support from the following retailers and organisations: The Mechanical Tempest, Newtown Festival, Sustainability Trust, Burkes Cycles New Zealand, Bicycle Junction, Mud Cycles, Iride Store, Avantiplus, and Capital Cycles.
Thanks also to our coordinator, Tessa, who does a stellar job keeping track of orders, bikes and budgets, and is also an amazing cycle skills instructor and pretty handy with a wrench. Her partner, Stephen, for putting up with all the bikes and deliveries, our mechanics Steph and Phoebe from Wenches With Wrenches and Dave in the Hutt, and finally our very cool trustees, Leah, James and Mike all deserve our thanks as well. Plus all of you awesome people who keep turning up to our fix ups and bust ups.
2018 is going to be a busy year for us and we’re excited about collaborations planned with Strathmore Park & Raukawa Community Centres, Changemakers Refugee Forum, and others. As well as building and beautifying our new home in Newtown, we’ll be having regular open evenings and weekend learn to ride sessions in the new year, so keep a look out for those.
Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi
(With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive)
Once again, thank you all for your support.
Nāku noa, nā
Hilleke (Trustee and Founder)