Workshop Closed Easter Sunday

UPDATE: Bikes 4 Life Cremorne Workshop will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday.

We will re-open on Wednesday the 23rd of April.

Sending love and blessings to all. Take care and enjoy the Easter break!

 

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Indigenous Project: Tjuntjuntjara here we come!

We are planning our latest Indigenous Bike Project which will be executed in the coming weeks, in the extremely remote community of Tjuntjuntjara WA!

Tjuntjuntjara is arguably Australia’s remotest Aboriginal community. 700km east of Kalgoorlie in the Great Victoria Desert, Tjuntjuntjara is closer to the South Australian border. It is home to the Spinifex people.

It takes an hour and a half by light plane Tjuntjuntjara from Kalgoorlie. The mail plane flies in once a week, and the truck supplying the food store comes only once a fortnight. If the weather is bad and the unsealed road is cut, supplies can be held up for weeks.

Gordon Jacob is the Community Development Officer and he’s been working with the community for many years. The community, he says, is a strong and happy community, with none of the problems of alcohol abuse and petrol sniffing that affects other Aboriginal communities.

There is no police station here, and no apparent need for one. The health service manager, Katie Pennington, says it’s the safest and friendliest remote community she ever been to.

But Tjuntjuntjara faces the challenges of how to grow and sustain itself in the future, as the elders who founded the community grow older and without an obvious economic base for adults.

See this link for more info from the ABC article regarding the development challenges for Tjuntjuntjara: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/06/18/3527897.htm

We are sending 50 bikes to help the local community. The Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School has helped make this project happen, and generously funded the container and a large part of the transport. Our current hurdle is getting the bikes from our bike workshop in Melbourne, to Adelaide for the inland haulage.

Many thanks to all others involved: donors, sponsors, fans, supporters & volunteers! We’ll keep you posted regarding the progress!!

 

The remote community of Tjuntjuntjara in Western Australia

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Charity Bike Workshop – Volunteers Needed!

This cool GoPro photo of our ‘Bikes 4 Life Cremorne Workshop’ was taken when we were at full capacity last year! Incredible huh?

Bikes 4 Life Cremorne Workshop 2013

Bikes 4 Life Cremorne Workshop at full capacity in 2013!

Luckily we have lots more space now… But we still need MORE volunteers to help out & prep MORE bikes, so we can execute MORE projects and give MORE bikes to those who really need them!!
Interested? Know someone who would be perfect? Volunteering is loads of fun and extremely rewarding!
All ages welcome, no experience necessary but it’s awesome if you know a bit about bikes or basic mechanics! Other skilled & unskilled volunteer opportunities also available!!
Enquire by email at: ebony@bikes4life.com.au or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bikes4lifeorg - and get a real feel for what we do!!
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Awesome Haro Bike For Sale!

FOR SALE: An awesome Haro Escape 8.3 Freeride Hardtail (Cross Country/ Off-Road Bike) for Sale, with indestructible Michelin Tyres; Hydraulic Disc Brakes; 8x Speed; High End Front Suspension plus more! Includes free servicing for 6 months!

The sale will help us raise funds for our next project Uganda whilst buying a very cool bike for yourself or loved one!! Reduced to $400 ONO!!

If this doesn’t work for you we have many other bikes for sale in our Melbourne workshop so please enquire! 100% of sale money goes directly to our projects, in Australia and overseas!!

Email: ebony@bikes4life.com.au

Haro 8.3 Off Road Bike For Sale

 

 

 

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Need a Bike or a Tune Up? Come to the Fitzroy Market!

Bikes 4 Life will be at the Fitzroy Market again this Saturday the 15th of February!

It’s a great day for family and friends, with loads of interesting stalls and an awesome community environment!

There will be unique bikes and parts for sale at bargain prices, and our volunteers will also be doing bike tune ups and repairs for a donation, which goes 100% to our bike projects in Australia and overseas!!

Address is: 319 George St Fitzroy (Fitzroy Primary School) Hope to see you there!

PS Bikes 4 Life is planning to be at the Fitzroy Market every month, which is the 3rd Saturday of each month! Spread the word!

 

Bikes 4 Life

 

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Bikes 4 Life Cremorne Workshop

UPDATE:

Our Cremorne workshop in Melbourne will be closed this Sunday the 2nd of February due to extreme weather conditions in Melbourne!

Friends and supporters please take care over the weekend and we’ll be opening our doors again on Wednesday the 5th of February, and every Sunday from the 8th onwards (unless over 35 degrees)

Thanks and happy riding!

 

The Bikes 4 Life Team

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Bikes 4 Life at Fitzroy Market!

From 10am to 3pm, this Saturday 18 January, Bikes 4 Life will be at Fitzroy Primary School Market.

We’ll be offering some awesome bikes, ready-to-install parts like pedals and purple handle bar grips, and our excellent bike mechanics will be on hand to provide bike tune ups for a donation.

All money raised on the day will go towards our upcoming project in Cambodia!

Address: Fitzroy Primary School – 319 George Street, Fitzroy

We hope to see you there!

 

Danielle with a vintage bike she restored for sale this Saturday!

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Sydney Paint N Pack Day

SYDNEY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Come and help us pack another container of bikes on Sunday 8th December.

Graffiti Artists, DJ and BBQ lunch and loads more. Bring your friends and family along and hope to see you all there for an hour or the day.

 

Sydney Bikes 4 Life Paint N Pack Day

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Price Waterhouse Coopers Corporate Volunteer Day

We held a great workshop on November 13, with employees from Price Waterhouse Coopers in Melbourne. It’s great that there is a lot of interest for corporate volunteer days at charitable institutions, such as Bikes 4 Life. We need the extra help, being an entirely volunteer run charity, and your employees can make a big difference, and a tangible one!

Last week was our first corporate volunteering day with PwC and it was a huge success! We needed help at our workshop, with bike repairs, basic carpentry, admin and with general workshop organisation, so our current and future projects can work better, be more efficient and deliver even better outcomes.

Skilled and unskilled volunteers can help us to achieve this. We benefit but so do the participants as they are actually doing something that is helping to make the world a better place, and that makes corporate volunteer days so wonderful.

The day began with an introduction from Bikes 4 Life’s founder, Ebony Butler, and was followed by an introduction into the workshop and how the charity is run.

Price Waterhouse Coopers employees with Bikes 4 Life Founder Ebony Butler & Bikes  4 Life’s team leaders and instructors, Toby and Andrew, at the Bikes 4 Life Cremorne (Richmond)Workshop

We then got down and dirty, forming groups. 4 people focused on the organisation of wheels and rims, while 2 of the boys helped to build a wall for tools to hang on. The other PwC ‘volunteers for a day’ worked on basic bike maintenance and repairs, with guidance from our skilled volunteer bike mechanics.

PwC employees being a ‘volunteer for a day’ at Bikes 4 Life

Laura, who was involved in organising the day, worked closely with Danielle Madeley, one of our bike gurus and expert engineers, and the two focused on the restoration of a vintage bike, that when restored, will be sold to raise much needed funds for future projects!

Laura from PwC organised the Volunteer Day, & often volunteers at Bikes 4 Life outside of work.

The group also moved around carrying out different tasks, depending on what suited them and their skills. Errol did some admin work on the office computer, helping build a spreadsheet and data registration system for Bikes 4 Life’s Refugee Integration and Volunteer Program.  Wenda also helped out in the office, and spent some time offering advice and consultancy to Ebony, about next level volunteer management and good governance.

Wenda from PwC was such a big help to BIkes 4 Life, and plans to keep assisting us as we grow!

All in all it was a very special day. We achieved a lot and we are so honored to have the support of this wonderful group and from Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Sally was a great ‘volunteer for a day’ at Bikes 4 Life Cremorne Workshop

 

Next week we are holding a similar corporate volunteering day with employees from ComputerShare.

If you are interested in holding a corporate volunteer day with employees from your business please email ebony@bikes4life.com.au

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Volunteer Opportunities with Bikes 4 Life

Volunteering with Bikes 4 Life:

 

If you would like to volunteer with us please send us an email as we are always on the look out for new people with different interests, skills and capabilities.

 

Our volunteer base is steadily growing, but as we rely solely on volunteers to operate and grow, we always need more!

 

Volunteers with Bikes 4 Life not only learn new and valuable skills, they also receive a Certificate of Valued Participation after 3 months of volunteering with us, at your pace and at your convenience!

 

E-mail ebony@bikes4life.com.au if your interested in becoming a Bikes 4 Life Volunteer! We are taking on skilled and unskilled volunteers, so there is definitely a place perfect for you!

 

Thanks :-)

 

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