Have a bike you don’t want? Local effort seeks to collect 300 for Bikes for Honduras

Gildan, an active wear company with a location near Daniel Island, has launched a bicycle drive for Bikes for Honduras.

Starting Monday and going through Nov. 15, people who have an unwanted bike can drop it off at Gildan, located at 1980 Clements Ferry Road, or call to have it picked up.

Also, bike mechanics are needed for “Mechanics Weekend” on Nov. 8-10 to help fix bikes and prepare them to be loaded and shipped.

For more, contact Sarah Stafford sstafford@gildan.com or call (843)-606-3708.

Here’s some background on Gildan’s partnership with Bikes of the World and the Adelante Foundation to benefit those in need in Honduras.

Bikes of the World is a nonprofit organization based out Arlington, VA that delivers bicycles to communities in developing countries. These bikes are then distributed throughout the community to help people become more self-sufficient.

In Honduras, a large segment of the population has no alternative to walking long distances. Cars are beyond the reach of more than 90 percent of the population and public transportation is often limited quality or non-existent.

Reconditioned used bikes represent an affordable and effective means of transportation in the developing world, providing essential access to work, school, and social services.

The Adelante Foundation is an organization that focuses on extremely underprivileged women in Honduras to help support them and their families. These groups of women borrow money from the foundation to purchase bikes to start or grow their businesses.

From experience, Adelante Foundation has shown better long-term results for participants to “buy-in” vs. being given a handout. The money from the bike purchase goes back into the Foundation to support additional help for the needy.

 

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