CHARITABLE youngsters are giving disadvantaged Africans a boost by restoring old bikes.
Pupils at Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, in Catcote Road, have joined forces with British charity PAGEANT to donate restored bikes to young and old people living in The Gambia, in West Africa.
The partnership has been running for six months and so far four bikes have been shipped to Africa.
Youngsters restore donated or unwanted bikes and then the charity transports them in containers.
Pupils at the school aim to donate two bikes every half-term.
Darren Leck, a teaching assistant at the school, said: “I am very proud of the children for their ongoing efforts to restore bikes for those less fortunate in The Gambia.
“We aim to fully restore unwanted or donated bikes using parts from other bikes.
“It is a great scheme and pupils are really enjoying taking part.
“The bikes are used by children to get to school and adults to get to work.”
Mr Leck added: “We are working with an agency called PAGEANT, who collect items such as bikes and toys and send them to those less fortunate in The Gambia.
“We have been working with PAGEANT for about six months now and we aim to donate four bikes a term.”
He added that the school has also been working closely with children from Jesmond Gardens Primary School who have helped them restore bikes in recent months.
Catcote School Business and Enterprise College has a long history of donating bikes to Africa through the 1, 2, Free Bikes 4 Africa scheme, with the help of national charity Jole Rider.
That scheme has come to an end and pupils are now working with PAGEANT, which stands for Projects Aiding Gambian Education And Natural Talent.
For more information about the scheme or to donate a bike call the school on (01429) 264036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org