Eleanor Foundation successfully ships bicycles destined for Africa

April 9th, 2013 by Richard Lord

On 22 March 2013, bicycles destined for Africa were packed by The Eleanor Foundation volunteers into a twenty foot shipping container.

The Eleanor Foundation received donations of over 460 bicycles from Guernsey residents over four weekends in February and March 2013 at Unit 3 of the Braye Road Industrial Estate in Vale. The donations included three trikes and four tag-alongs.

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Some of the bicycles donated to The Eleanor Foundation at Unit 3 of the Braye Road Industrial Estate ready for shipment to Re~Cycle in Colchester and onward shipment to Africa. David Holt and Dave Chilton walk amongst them. (click to expand – ©RLLord)

Angus Bodman, Dave Chilton, and David Holt spent time prior to packing bicycles, removing pedals and attaching them with plastic ties to the frame, and twisting the handlebars in line with the frame, so the bicycles could fit more tightly into the shipping container.

Angus Bodman hands the first bicycle for shipment to Africa to Allister Carey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Angus Bodman hands the first bicycle for shipment to Africa to Allister Carey (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

About 130 bicycles managed to be packed into the first container destined for Re~Cycle in Colchester, where the bicycles will be sorted prior to shipment to various African countries.

It took four shipping containers to pack all 460 donated bicycles. They left Guernsey on 9 April 2013 for their long journey via Re~Cycle in Colchester to a number of African countries.

John Copeland (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

John Copeland stacking the bicycles in the 20 foot shipping container destined for Re~Cycle in Colchester before onward shipment to Africa (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Allister Carey said “The Eleanor Foundation hopes to carry on shipping bikes to Africa although I don’t think we’ll get the same number next time.”

“Judging by the number of bikes that come into the Longue Hougue recycling facility, and the bikes picked-up from Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop, in the future I hope we will be able to pack one container load of bicycles each year,” he said.

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(left to right) John Copeland, Allister Carey, and Dave Chilton (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The next project for The Eleanor Foundation is looking at water related projects particularly in Africa.

The Tumaini Fund is helping to dig wells in Tanzania because of drought, and Guernsey Water in its quarterly statements “includes a £2 per month subscription to WaterAid, which is a great thing to do,” Allister Carey said.

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Angus Bordman in bright blue boiler suit, and Dave Chilton, push bicycles into the container while John Copeland waits below to hand them more (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

“The Eleanor Foundation would like to develop a project where the foundation can put its own mark on it,” he said.

“The big charities are wonderful but we would like to have something that is a little more personal – perhaps have a borehole somewhere in Africa with The Eleanor Foundation plaque on it,” Allister Carey said.

“Africa is such a huge place. We would like to focus on one or two areas and do them well,” he said.

“We have already supported WaterAid.”

“The Eleanor Foundation would like to collaborate with small charities.”

“We have to evaluate what is needed.”

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The Eleanor Foundation volunteers who helped pack the first container of bicycles to Africa on 22 March 2013. From left to right, Angus Bodman holding the banner; Dave Chilton; Rachel Copeland; John Copeland; Allister Carey; and David Holt (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Regarding fund raising initiatives, Barry Brehaut hopes to raise funds for The Eleanor Foundation and the Guernsey Bereavement Service by cycling the length of Ireland later this year.

In 2011, Barry Brehaut cycled the length of the UK with Rob Bougourd, and together they raised £4000 for two Guernsey charities.

“The Eleanor Foundation is amazed at the generosity of the Guernsey people,” Allister Carey said.


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