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On the last Wednesday of 2011 we will have our End Of Year Celebration.
We will be loading our 6th container of the year with bikes, books and education resources for African schools.

And the highlights of 2011 which we will be celebrating include...

  1.   Launching Badge-A-Bike : our Virtual Gift to support bikes4Africa
      Connecting our Learning Development Centre in The Gambia to the World Wide Web
      Running our first Teacher Development Workshops for Gambian teachers
      Holding our first My Bike Jumble : these will now be held every month
      Gaining the support of journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow
      A visit from Jim Moulson, President, Rotary International Britain and Ireland [RIBI]
      Loading our Silver Jubilee Container in July [that was our first 25 containers away!]

So, if you’d like to take a well-earned break from the effort of eating mince pies and watching TV, why not come and join us at the Container Loading? [Between eating more mince pies, and raising a glass or two, we might have you loading a few bikes too.]

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Another special bike gets loaded

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Rotary President for Great Britain & Ireland, Jim Moulson, visited jole rider to take a closer look at the charity's UK operation.  In April jole rider presented to Jim's Annual Rotary Conference in Dublin, where Rotary Members representing more than 1800 Clubs from around the country heard how jole rider, with their Rotary partners, are changing lives in Africa.  Now Jim wanted to see and understand more, and at the same time meet Rotarians, Mike Naylor and John Crawford, who went to Gambia with jole rider earlier this year.


Jim was amazed to see the bikes all neatly waiting in rows to be shipped to schools in Africa.  He said, "You have to look at each bike as being another student walking to school and the sooner they can get to Africa, the sooner they will change lives. And that is just a money thing - £10 a bike will do that". 

Rotarian Kevin Pitt of KP Despatch was also on hand to explain how his company works with jole rider to move bikes from Center Parcs villages from all over the country to the Hullavington BikeStation.  Jim also met Les, a jole rider volunteer.  Father of Les, Electric Eddie , this September will be riding more than 2,000miles to raise £15,000 for jole rider.  Jim will be welcoming Eddie to his home turf in Paisley, Scotland, on his way up to John O'Groats from Land's End.  You can follow Eddie and his bike, on facebook. 

Jim didn't actually get on his bike of course, at least not this time, but he could see there were plenty to choose from!



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