100 Bikes for Madagascar

Paul McCarthy & Friends Collect 100 Bikes for the Good People of Madagascar

We work with Paul on some of his online projects, and when we heard about one of his latest fundraising adventures, taking 2nd hand bikes to the other side of the world, to say that we were intrigued is putting it very mildly.

How, why, what for are all questions that sprang to mind, and so we put these to Paul, and he explains below:

“It has always been my dream or my vision to help people, and to give back and I consider it an enormous privilege. But I suppose if you want to know why specifically, I became interested in the Bikes for Madagascar project when my good friend Stevey McGeown, hit me with some stats that I found pretty incredible, and these are quoted below with sources.

“Madagascar is among the poorest countries in the world with 75% of the population living on less than $1.90 per day. The country’s human capital index is also one of the lowest worldwide and it has the world’s fourth-highest rate of chronic malnutrition, with one child in two under five years suffering from stunting.”

SOURCE: https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/madagascar/overview

But what I really liked about this idea is that it was something that everyone could get stuck into, from my kids to my siblings’ kids, to friends and associates all over Cork and beyond. You didn’t need to have a lot of money or a big network of friends or colleagues, and it simply needed a few doors knocking.

“getting the kids involved was key..”

Lets face it, we’re in the lucky position in Ireland where we usually have some spare resources even if that is only a bike or two in the backyard or the shed that we haven’t used for a few years, and most us would be glad to get rid of them to clear some space, especially if its going to a good cause, and someone else is doing the work, like collecting the bike.

“Despite a wealth of abundant and diverse natural resources, Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest countries.” 

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Madagascar

I have to say it was a fantastic experience, and everyone got so much out it, way beyond my immediate friends and family. And to put things in context, although some of the bikes that went to Madagascar will be for kids to have fun with, a significant portion of the bikes will be used as work bikes, bringing water and other necessary supplies into homes and villages every day.

The project was a huge success for us, and we plan to collect 150 bikes next year and to keep this going as an annual event, so if you have a bike out in your shed, send me a message.

“150 bikes or more next year”

And finally, I’d like to thank everyone who got involved as the good wishes, generousity and kindness of everyone who contributed time or resources will be greatly appreciated in Madagascar.”

Thanks to all my friends & family!

 

2019 Copyright – Paul McCarthy Cork

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