For Immediate Release: March 6, 2012
Donate That Old Bicycle Or Sewing Machine
10th Annual Used Bike Collection on April 21
(Long Island, NY) Long Islanders can put their old, used bicycles to good use by donating them locally to Pedals for Progress, an international program that rescues unwanted American bicycles and sends them to communities overseas. On Saturday, April 21, from 11 am to 2 pm, members of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Long Island will accept donations at the South Huntington Library.
Every year, Americans buy 22 million new bicycles and discard millions of old ones, abandoning many more unused in basements, sheds, and garages. Most of these end up in our already overburdened landfills. Meanwhile, poor people overseas need cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to jobs, markets, customers, and schools. Pedals for Progress has received, processed and donated over 115,000 bicycles, 1,000 used sewing machines and $10.8 million in new spare parts to partner charities in 32 developing world countries.
Furthermore, Pedals for Progress promotes bicycle repair businesses in the developing world. Typically, a community owned non-profit bike store will get the first containerized cargo shipment for free (about 450 bicycles), but that repair store then has to earn enough money selling the repaired bikes to pay for the next shipment.
Each person who donates a bicycle will also be asked to donate $10 to help defray the cost of shipping the bicycles.
To learn more about Pedals for Progress, visit their web site at www.p4p.org. For information about the April 21st collection, call Kathy Williams-Ging at 631-549-4873. The program is also accepting cash donations from corporate and community sponsors.
Directions – From the East: Take the Northern State Parkway to exit 41 – Wolf Hill Road. Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Wolf Hill Road. Continue on Wolf Hill Road until the second traffic light. Stay in the right lane. At the intersection of five roads, you will see Saint Anthony’s High School diagonally to the right. Take the second right onto Pidgeon Hill Road heading North-West. You wil pass Saint Anthony’s High School on your left. Continue up Pidgeon Hill Road about 1 mile until you reach 145 Pidgeon Hill Road. The library is next to the Long Island School for the Gifted.
Directions – From the West: Take the Northern State Parkway to exit 41 – Wolf Hill Road. Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Wolf Hill Road and go under Northern State Parkway. Continue with East directions above.