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Pembrokeshire College students work on a ‘wheelie’ good idea
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Pembrokeshire College’s Engineering students are restoring adult bikes ready to be sent to Africa to help Community Nurses and Pastors to access rural communities.
Level 3 Engineering Operations and Maintenance students will refurbish bikes as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate Community Challenge project. One of the students involved, John Lewis, was enthusiastic about getting started, “I can’t wait to put my skills to good use for such a worthy cause. We already have 30 bikes to work on!”
The original idea came from Mr Jim Bowen from Clyfyw Farm in North Pembrokeshire who started the project in 2014, sending mobility aids to the disabled and bicycles to the community workers of South Africa and Kenya, “We’re delighted that Pembrokeshire College students are helping out this year! The need for bikes in Durban, South Africa is massive and we hope for the College to be involved for many years to come.”
The Community Challenge project is an excellent opportunity for students to utilise their skills on a meaningful task. College Lecturer, Chris Urack said, “As the bikes will be individually numbered and tracked, our students will be able to trace their journey and learn about their new owners. They’ll be able to see the direct impact that their work will have on people in rural communities in South Africa, it’s a great project for us to be involved in.” Fellow Engineering Lecturer, Luke Sturgeon added, “This project also demonstrates how transferable Engineering skills are and the Welsh Bacc qualification gives opportunities for students to use their skills outside of the classroom.”
The Assistant Manager from the Haverfordwest branch of Halfords, Jack Prince-Teasdale and Bike Technician, Pete Barker came along to the College to donate a box of bike parts to help students with their restoration project. The box of goodies included a selection of tubes and rubber parts to use on brakes, inner and outer cables, cable ends and some bike cleaner to finish off a job well done!
The pressure is on for the group to get to work as their aim is to fill a container with the restored bikes by Easter. Good luck to the following students who are working on the project: Ben Coney, Christopher James, Brandon Karliciuk, Merlin Owen, Joshua Phillips, Sam Sharp, Charles Valler, Luke Reynolds, Thomas Howells, Louis James, Jared Job, John Lewis, Paul Miller, Charlie Perkins, Hefin Thomas and Ieuan Walker.
If you would like to donate any unwanted adult push bikes, please contact Chris Urack or Luke Sturgeon at Pembrokeshire College on 01437 753100.
PHOTO: Pembrokeshire College Level 3 Engineering Operations and Maintenance group with Lecturer, Chris Urack, Assistant Manager of Halfords, Jack Prince-Teasdale and Bike Technician, Pete Barker.