Many hands make light work of fixing bikes

June 27, 2017

Mooroopna Kiwanis club members have been helping Mooroopna Primary School students repair old bikes.

Mooroopna Kiwanis Club members have been spending Friday afternoons with Mooroopna Primary School students as part of a Build a Bike program.

In its second year, the partnership sees old bikes gathered from across the region and repaired by Kiwanis with the students’ help.

‘‘We work with the Kiwanis on old second-hand bikes and they talk to us about how we can fix the bikes,’’ Asher Dempster, 11, said.

‘‘I had to fix the handle bars on the bike I was given and I really enjoyed doing it.’’

The program, which is good for the environment, teaches children how to change bike tubes, repair punctures and fix brakes and gears.

‘‘The program is the brainchild of the late Jim Douglass,’’ Mooroopna Kiwanis Club member Ian Saunders said.

‘‘We all really like helping the children and we recycle as much as we can so it barely costs us a thing.’’

Mooroopna Primary School Grade 6 student Ella Vansomeren likes the process behind taking the bike apart.

‘‘We got the bikes, pulled them apart, cleaned all the parts and then put it back together,’’ she said.

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