Bike donation program hopes to Help Mend the Cycle of hardship for families in Playford. ^^ Nicky Webb repairs donated bikes for a good cause. Photo: Rob McLean Adelaide-based bike donation program Help Mend the Cycle has provided over 60 South Australians with new wheels in the past 18 months.Now, Help Mend the Cycle founder Nicky Webb has plans to roll into the Playford area.
The grassroots project provides independence, life skills and joy through donating bikes in the hope of mending the cycle of hardship.
“We give them away to anybody that needs a bike, whether someone has a new job and needs it for transport or a child that just needs the freedom to be able to ride a bike,” Nicky told Playford News.
Help Mend the Cycle operates through Uniting Communities but Nicky hopes to establish a program in Smithfield to reach families in the northern suburbs.
Nicky said his enjoyment of fixing and riding bikes as a child inspired him to salvage and restore them to donate to those in need.
After an initial post online saw seven bikes donated in a week, Nicky now collects abandoned parts on the streets and continues to accept donations.
“We find, at times, it can be really hard to get bikes, some weeks we can’t find any and (then) other weeks there’s an abundance,” he said.
From his Adelaide workshop, Nicky restores bikes for donation as well as helping the public to fix their own rides rather than buying new.
For more information, about the program and donating, visit Help Mend the Cycle on Facebook.