Archived Letter – 529

Dear Editor
Wheels of Hope, a project of Elora United Church & friends would like to thank all the residents of Center Wellington for their generous donations of unwanted mountain bicycles.
Over 300 bikes were collected, packed into a sea container and shipped to Namibia, Africa. Once there, B.E.N. (Bicycle Empowerment Network) Namibia, trains locals to rehabilitate and maintain these bicycles. Even the shipping container is converted into a workshop. Primary users are health-care workers and teachers who frequently must travel to remote villages.
Due to the overwhelming support, we are now in the process of filling our second container. Our first bicycle collection day, in conjunction with the Canada Day festivities in Elora, is being held on Monday, July 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Elora United Church, Geddes Street. Wheels of Hope will also partner with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and hold a second collection day, Saturday, August 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ministry parking lot on the corner of Bristol and Edinburgh in Guelph.
Volunteers will be present and happy to receive your previously enjoyed mountain bikes.
The Wellington Advertiser has been instrumental in the success of our project by informative news articles written by Kelly Waterhouse, plus her own donated bikes!

Bonnie Norris
Wheels of Hope, project of Elora United Church & Friends

Bonnie Norris