106 recycled bikes were last week delivered by Sydney-based social enterprise Revolve ReCYCLING in partnership with Indigenous NGO Wantu and other local Indigenous stakeholders.
The bikes, as well as dozens of scooters and repair tools that were delivered, were contributed by Sydneysiders and carefully restored by volunteers at Revolve ReCYCLING’s Alexandria workshop.
In the Territory communities, local partners will use the bikes to spread joy, encourage engagement such ad school attendance, and teach skills.
Locally-led plans include: holding bike maintenance workshops at schools; conducting cultural trips; building BMX tracks and organising races, and; providing training for future bike repair mechanics.
The bikes were delivered on an epic 11,000 kilometer drive by Revolve ReCYCLING Guido Verbist, General Manager, and Sienna Young, General Rockstar, who also worked on their redeployment.
“Every kid in Australia deserves the joy of a bike, and can learn a lot from a bike too,” said Guido.
“In the week after the referendum, it was great to be positive and practical, and get these redeployed bikes to the kids in the Northern Territory.”
“It’s very cool to collect kids’ bikes and scooters where they are no longer needed or wanted and get them to outback kids who definitely want them,” Sienna said.
Revolve ReCYCLING calls the practice “bike equity” and it has four-fold impact:
Sienna, a young woman from Sydney, said the experience helped her better understand the challenges faced by outback communities, but also their resilience.
“For someone raised in Sydney and everything it offers, I saw how different it is for remote Indigenous communities where many kids don’t have access to things we take for granted – like bikes and scooters. I also learned how important it is to be hands-on about social justice, and it motivates me to do more in the future,” added Sienna.
Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.
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