Pedals For Progress Collecting Bicycle Donations

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CRANFORD—Pedals for Progress (P4P), in its continuing effort to recycle bicycles properly, will stage a used bike collection on Saturday, May 11, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Orange Avenue Pool, 1025 Orange Avenue, Cranford.

The collection is sponsored by the Cranford Rotary Club. Anyone with an adult or child’s bicycle in repairable condition is urged to donate his or her bike to this worthy cause. P4P does not accept “bikes for parts” or disassembled bikes.

P4P collects 5,000 to 7,000 bicycles annually. To date, more than 137,000 have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe. In these countries, the bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults. The bikes provide them with reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting products to market, and accessing health care and other services.

It costs $40 to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute each bicycle. Therefore, a donation toward shipping costs is necessary. (The suggested minimum donation per bike is $10.) All cash and material donations are fully tax deductible, and receipts will be available at the collection site.

P4P is a 501(c)(3) corporation and a registered charity in New Jersey. P4P also accepts donations of working portable sewing machines, as well as wrenches for overseas shops.

For detailed information about P4P’s overseas projects and a current schedule of bicycle collections, visit their website at www.p4p.org. For more information about the collection on May 11, call 1-908-272-1790 or email: crcp4p@yahoo.com.


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