As from 23rd February 2015, Australian Goodwill Bicycles Abroad Incorporated’s operations in Byron Bay Australia will be put on hold.
After 15 years of almost continuous bicycle collection and distribution within Australia and overseas to developing countries, Goodwill Bicycles are taking a break.
At present we have around 2,000 bicycles in storage. Requests for large amounts of bicycles for overseas projects will be considered.
All cash donations made through our ‘Give Now’ button are still tax deductible and will be used for upcoming projects.
Australian Goodwill Bicycles Abroad Inc. funds projects through donations from the public and is part of the OAGDS (Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme). Donations are tax deductible.To ship a container of bicycles to Taveuni Fiji, $6,000 needs to be raised.
Taveuni is the garden island of Fiji, where 3,500 farmers and their families work the land to grow food. Most areas are accessible by road, where walking is the main form of transport.
The bicycles will assist men, women and children in their daily activities;
- Carrying produce to markets
- Children accessing school
- Women carrying handicrafts for sale to visitors to the island
Most people on the island can’t afford a bicycle.
A bicycle workshop will be established to train locals in maintenance and repair for ongoing sustainability of the bicycles on the island.
Goodwill Bicycles are working in partnership with Jo & Geoff Dean (Australian Volunteers International), Tamar Bicycle Users Group (Launceston) and Rotary Club of Taveuni – District 9920 to bring this project to fruition.
Help us provide environmentally friendly transport to these people in need.
You can donate through our secure Give Now button and all donations are tax deductible.
We would like to thank everyone personally for any contributions from much needed financial donations down to an old bicycle. After all, it is the Australian publics’ goodwill that perpetuates the expansion of this organisation.
30/04/1950 - 24/01/2012
To the friend I never met:
The most a person can hope to achieve in this short life is peace and happiness. Passing this on to others is even more wonderful.
Thus was the life of Patrick, an avid bicycle rider. Now let us pass on the love and peace bestowed upon us.
Goodwill Bicycles would like to thank the family and friends of Russell for their support and offer our condolences to all.
Mark Pate – Founding Director