71 students from Galiwin’ku Shepherdson College were sent on their school holidays with early Christmas presents thanks to the Bikes for the Bush Program.
Students, with school attendance of 80% or above throughout the year, were each awarded with bike vouchers at the end of year assembly and enthusiastically ran from the school to the ALPA store to eagerly collect their prizes.
The Bikes for the Bush program is a partnership initiative of East Arnhem Shire Council, ALPA Stores, National Australia Bank, Traditional Credit Union and the NT Government Department of Education.
The main focus of the Bikes for the Bush program is to encourage and reward school attendance. In total 720 recycled bikes and brand new helmets to have been shipped and distributed to Arnhem Land remote indigenous communities of Milingimbi, Gapuwiyak, Galiwin’ku, Ramingining and Minjilang.
EASC Youth Services Manager Mel Fajerman said “The Galiwin’ku Youth, Sport and Recreation have been assisting and educating individuals and families about bike repairs and maintenance, as well as group cycling programs to promote active lifestyles in remote communities”.
“The bikes arrived in community flat packed and there were many volunteer hours spent to put them back together and get them ready for the students”.
“We would like particularly like to thank the EASC Civil Works team and the Mulkurr Lapmaram Mens Program for the many hours they spent on working on the bikes” said Mel.
This Bikes for the Bush Program is proudly sponsored by:Linfox, Toll Marine Logostics, Fort Knox Self Storage, Bicycles for Humanity, Rotary Australia, Harbourtown Centre Management and Bikeforce Docklands.