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Pedal power rides to success

MORE people will now be able to tap into the power of pedalling thanks to a donation of 10 restored bicycles to charity organisation, Life Without Barriers.

Donated through the Clarence City Council’s Youth Services Bike Program, the donation was made possible thanks to the hard work of three Clarence High School students.

The students attended the Youth Centre in Rokeby every Thursday to learn the skills to repair and restore the bikes to a high standard.

Life without Barriers will now use the refurbished bikes for their Intensive Family Engagement Service.

“Access to transport plays a big role in an individual’s feeling of independence and freedom,” Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said.

“For a variety of reasons, some people may not be able to access transportation or have the finances to purchase a new bike.

“Through the restoration and subsequent donation of these bikes, I hope individuals will either be able to get around more easily or have a new source of recreation.”

Youth Workers assisted the students with loading the bikes on the trailer and the students were also able to interact with the Life Without Barriers team.

“I would like to congratulate the students involved in the Bike Program,” Mayor Chipman said.

“Not only do they learn new skills, but there is a sense of achievement in restoring the bikes and giving back to the community.”

Through the Bike Program, Youth Services will continue to work with young people restoring bikes, which will be donated to community members who otherwise may not be able to afford to buy a bike for themselves or their family.

Caption: Students from Clarence High School have contributed to organisation Life Without Barriers by donating 10 restored bikes.