Bikes 4 Life wishes to extend the hand of friendship to children across Australia by supplying them with a simple bike. A bike can change a child?s life in so many ways especially when they live in extreme remote areas. It is not only the bike but also the tools to repair them that are imperative. With the support of AFL Champion Robert DiPier Domenico we will be providing 800 bicycles to some of the most marginalized and remote Indigenous youth in central and north Australia. Dipper is our main Ambassador for our Indigenous Bikes 4 Life Program in Australia.
In July 2012 Bikes 4 Life partnered with Tangentyere Council in Alice Springs in support of their Wicked Wheels project, to teach the children how to become bush mechanics. With the help from Tangentyere Council we were able to distribute bikes to remote communities and camps.
In 2012 we also delivered bikes, tools, spare parts and helmets to remote and impoverished schools and community groups in Wadeye, a neglected Indigenous community about 5 hours drive from Darwin. The aim was that children performing well would have a bike to get to school, to promote education and increase school attendance.
Our current Indigenous bike distribution and workshop project is in Tjuntjuntjara. We will be working with Tjuntjuntjara Community, along with Paupyala Tjaruja Aboriginal Corporation (PTAC) and the Spinifex Health Services (SHS). Tjuntjuntjara is known as the most remote indigenous community in Australia and transport to deliver the bikes is proving to be extremely difficult. We are currently looking for companies who can assist us with delivery to this community, as this is a project for people in real need, and due to the difficulty in accessing the region, many people decide not to help, putting it into the ‘too hard’ category. These ‘too hard’ projects are the ones we believe are the most important.