Transforming people's lives
In some areas of Africa, a bike can be the only means of transport. Owning a bike enables people to travel to work or school, and carry goods or passengers, whilst small scale farmers and traders can reach customers further afield. The bikes can similarly be an invaluable resource for travelling health workers and provide access to training and employment, helping to improve lives in a sustainable way. However, bikes can be too expensive for the majority in Africa. Additionally, the skills to maintain the bikes might not exist.
Our charity partner, Re~Cycle, helps to address this. Not only by getting bikes over to Africa but also by teaching local people how to repair and maintain the bikes, helping to improve lives in a sustainable way. We provide opportunities for customers to donate unwanted bikes via national trade-in events and also at over 75 stores on an ongoing basis.
Over 20,000 bikes have been donated so far, resulting in 300 tonnes of bikes being diverted from landfill /disuse and benefitting an estimated 120,000 beneficiaries in Africa (household research in Ghana shows that each bike is used by an average of six people). Halfords' colleagues have also raised over £295,000 to help support the charity's costs.