A NEW bike hub program aimed at teaching local youth bicycle mechanics, road rules and the importance of a healthy lifestyle is in the near future, after a $36,000 grant from Medibank saw a relationship form between Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative and Bicycles for Humanity.
The program, which was kicked off thanks to a donation of 20 bikes from NAB, will be aimed at youths aged between 8 and 16 and will also see a youth bike team set up to compete in rides around the state as well as compete in BMX racing and see the purchase and refurbishing of second hand bikes that will be sold back to the community at a low cost.
Bicycles for Humanity Secretary, Gary Chan said, “We had been looking at doing something in an Australian setting with our relationships that we had formed with the Indigenous community.
“We had worked with Rumbalara’ through their health setting before, so once we received the grant, we made the call to work with them on their idea.”
NAB Regional Executive, Retail Goulburn Valley Area, Davina Gullace said, “Our branch managers built the bikes at a conference held recently and we decided to donate them to help kickstart Rumbalara’s program. We are going to start working more with Rumbalara going forward.”