Can you help us with The Drive to Ride?

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2 January, 2019

Do you have an old mountain bike sitting in the garage? Did you replace an outgrown MTB at Christmas time? Do you have some old mountain bike parts lying around gathering dust that you no longer need? We'd like to help you avoid landfill and put them to use!

2019 will see Lighthouse Youth Projects initiate The Drive to Ride in SA, a donation drive with the aim of collecting usable quality, or easily fixable Mountain bikes and mountain bike parts (including tyres, wheels, tubes, chains, cables, handlebars and saddles) for us to put towards future programs.

These bikes and components will form a fleet used for getting our program participants, many of whom may never have owned a bike of their own, out on the trails with mentors, and in workshops designed to teach the skills of fixing and maintaining equipment.

If you think you have something suitable you'd be happy to donate, please contact us!

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Visiting the South East to help change some lives

This week we were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to connect with our friends from the Keith Area school and Bordertown Primary and High Schools, with another couple of days spent in the South East.

Running through skills workshops and BMX sessions with this group of young rippers was enough to really get us stoked for the year to come. It's such a great privilege to get to know individual kids and help them along their journeys by getting to know their story.

While we were there, we donated some bikes we have been refurbishing with volunteers at Concrete Sessions to some kids who, because of recent circumstances, have been doing it pretty tough. We met young Cam who's family lost everything in a house fire, and it was such a great pleasure to be able to do something small to give them a reason to smile! It really felt like the least we could do for a family who has been through so much.

Seeing a young person like Khloé (pictured left) moved to tears because they have received the gift of a bike is not only incredibly heart warming, but also highlights the many layers of benefit that this opportunity has for the kids we work with. To receive a bike gives a child a reason to get moving, to be excited, to have fun, to make new friends, to learn new skills. It also shows them the community around them believes in them, that they are worth of an investment of time and care. These are all high up in the values we wish to nurture and grow within the community here at LYP!