Don Grant from Childers Rotary has restored more than 100 bikes with the help of fellow Rotarians to be sent to the Solomon Islands for their Bikes for Battlers program.
Don Grant from Childers Rotary has restored more than 100 bikes with the help of fellow Rotarians to be sent to the Solomon Islands for their Bikes for Battlers program. Scott Thompson

Rotary's bikes for battlers

A SHIPMENT of used and second-hand bikes is bound for the Solomon Islands thanks to the work of the Rotary Club of Childers.

Rotarian Don Grant has been spearheading the charity's Bicycles for Battlers project after heading over to the Solomon Islands in February to install a roof on a hospital.

Mr Grant said the community would benefit greatly from the extra transport.

"For instance, the hospital is about 2km away from the township and a lot of nurses work at the hospital and they've got to walk home on the dusty, dirty road.

"Some of the nurses who are breastfeeding had to go home four times a day in the middle of the day."

Rotary received more than 150 bikes from the public and Mr Grant has spent many hours repairing them.

The group has raised $4000 towards the restoration of the bikes and will now fund

raise an estimated $6000 to send them overseas.

"We're looking to run some raffles or maybe auction a bike or something," he said.



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