Bikes for Lesotho, a Chicago-based organization founded in 2012, is preparing 600 bikes for children. The bikes will travel more than 8,000 miles via truck, train and boat to the Kingdom of Lesotho in Africa.
Volunteers from Christopher B. Burke Engineering in Rosemont will help disassemble the bikes and pack the large shipping container. The organization operates a robust bike to work program and has assisted in carrying out its mission since 2015.
Many children in the Kingdom of Lesotho have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These bikes not only provide an exciting source of recreation, but a method of transportation for children and/or livestock herders in the mountains who need to commute to school. The 4,500 bikes donated to date have also helped create both a biking culture and source of new jobs in Lesotho.
When: Wednesday, October 18
Time: Noon – 5 p.m.
Where: Working Bikes – 2434 S. Western Avenue, Chicago
Want to donate to Bikes for Lesotho? You can do so here.
Bikes for Lesotho is a project of Working Bikes, an organization that rescues discarded bicycles and gives them new life by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local and global communities.