Our “bikies” group restores pre-loved bikes for the refugee community supported by Diversitat in Geelong and has “grown like Topsy”. There seems to be no end of available bikes which we have had to find additional storage for and we have developed a team of 5 or 6 “bike specialists” who have worked on this project both Tuesdays and Thursdays. Over 300 bikes have been repaired and are being put to good use for their recipients in Geelong. The support of the Uniting Church is appreciated in providing storage for completed bikes and its Vestry Shop to sell repaired children's bikes to generate revenue bike parts and equipment.
Bikes provided for the Diversitat refugee bike education program.
Excess bikes donated to the Bikes for Humanity program which are shipped to Namibia where local people are trained in bike mechanics and repairs to provide them with employment and skills.
Substantial money from bike sales used to help fund refugee camps organised by Diversitat in Queenscliff.
50 bike helmets purchased for Diversitat program.
Involvement in acquiring donated fishing equipment to assist with youth fishing activity run by Diversitat with some members assisting with this program.
The freshly cooked scones/ morning tea are a much appreciated and enjoyed feature of Tuesdays.