- Arup staff help fix bicycles to help EWB and SAIL.
- Opportunities to get involved coming up.
Five enthusiastic Arupians headed to Collingwood in late July to fix up some pre-loved bicycles with our friends at Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and their friends SAIL. The Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning (SAIL) program is a local volunteer-run organisation in Melbourne. The SAIL program does some amazing work towards providing much needed support to Sudanese refugee children.
This is Arup’s second year attending these sessions where old, worn and slightly damaged bikes are brought in and fixed up by EWB volunteers, then taken to SAIL campuses where Volunteers teach kids essential bike safety skills and then the kids are given the bikes to keep.
Volunteers are given a handy cheat sheet and give new life to the bikes by cleaning chains, pumping tires, tightening brakes and polishing frames (or if those with more confidence and knowledge might adjust the gears, install a new derailleur or rethread the cables!).
The Arup team hopes to continue their involvement with the programme, please contact Laura Elbourne-Binns for more information.