The Comox Valley B4H crew (from left) Pete

The Comox Valley B4H crew (from left) Pete

Bikes for Humanity sends first shipment to Africa

400 bikes and 30 boxes of bike parts and school supplies sent

  • Dec. 9, 2015 3:00 p.m.

With the help of Nanaimo’s 1st Neck Point Scouting Group, and numerous volunteers, the Comox Valley chapter of Bicycles for Humanity loaded 400 bikes and 30 boxes of bike parts and school supplies onto its first shipping container on Saturday, Nov. 28.

B4H-Comox Valley partnered with Africycle (www.africyle.org) to ship the donated bikes to Zomba, Malawi.

The Comox chapter pays for shipping costs from Vancouver to Beira, Mozambique while Africycle will cover the costs of moving the bikes overland from Beira to Zomba.

It is expected that the container will arrive in Zomba sometime in February 2016.

B4H-Comox Valley representatives say that, “providing these gifts of mobility would not have been possible without the help of numerous volunteers and donors from the communities of Campbell River, Comox, Courtenay, and Cumberland, and sponsors and partners such as Comox Moving and Storage, the Eagle  FM 97.3, Home Depot, U-Haul, Blue Toque and PUPS Mini Storage in Parksville.”

The group continues to collect bikes for its second container and donors can reach them by emailing b4hcomoxvalley@gmail.com.