Students at Launceston Big Picture School are doing their part to help others, participating in a bike restoration program that raises funds for Australia for UNHCR.
Bob’s Bikes, named after Bob Blackman, the man who started the program, gives students the chance to save old bikes from the community, Launceston Police, and the University of Tasmania, and restore them to sell. The profits go to supporting refugees.
Jake Foster, year 10, said the program brings the community together and was really good thing to do.
“We get bikes from the community, and then people from the community buy the bikes, and then that money from the bikes goes out to people in the community again, people who need help,” he said.
He urged people to get involved by either bringing over a bike laying around at home or buying one of their restored pieces.
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Launceston Big Picture School principal Adrian Dean said the program was a win-win.
“It’s a really authentic learning experience for the kids because there’s lots of literacy and numeracy involved in what they have to do,” he said.
“The people buying the bikes get a really good bike for a low cost but also that money we raise goes to support a really great charity, UNHCR.”
Most of the bikes are $20 and are displayed at the school, but the more expensive ones get advertised on Gumtree by Mr Blackman’s wife.
Mr Blackman, a retired assistant principal at Prospect High School, said he thinks they have raised about $9000 in the last four years through the program by selling the bikes.
Mr Blackman said even if you think the bike was not fit for restoration, still donate as they salvage any parts still usable.
“We are always looking for bikes, that’s one of the most important things. We will take anything.”
Mr Blackman volunteers his time two days a week to run the program and thinks and the group working with him currently know nearly as much as he does when it comes to restoration.
To donate or buy visit Launceston Big Picture School, or call 6335 1500.