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Naperville Rotary Collecting Bikes to Benefit Children in Africa

Bikes may be dropped off at the downtown office of Naperville Bank & Trust, 5 South Washington St. in Naperville. Over 1,000 bikes have been sent to children in Africa over the past two years.

Submitted by Naperville Sunrise Rotary

Used, outgrown and/or repairable bikes for children and adults are being collected by Naperville Sunrise Rotary to benefit Bikes for Lesotho, a project sending bicycles to children and young people in impoverished mountain villages of the Kingdom of Lesotho in Southern Africa.  

The bikes will be repaired, reconditioned and shipped by the not for profit to some of the 100,000 AIDS/HIV orphans living in the region.  Over 1,000 bikes have been sent in the past two years.

Bikes may be dropped off at the Downtown office of Naperville Bank & Trust, 5 South Washington Street, Naperville.   

Rotarians will be on site collecting bikes on Saturday, May 31 from 10 am-noon, but Bank President Tom Miers encourages bike drop off whenever  it is convenient.  

Bank employees will take bikes brought to the branch anytime during business hours, Monday-Friday through the month of May as well.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to clean out the garage for summer, fit  your kids with new bikes or maybe upgrade your own wheels, while helping these children discover the joy of biking and owning something that reflects our caring for them,” says Naperville Sunrise Rotary President John Nania. “I would encourage all area families to take stock of their old bicycles and take advantage of this easy opportunity to take part in a humanitarian act.”

For more information on the bike drive call Naperville Sunrise Rotary at 773-847-5440 or visit www.napervillesunrise.org

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