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Towards the end of 2022, the Anglican Church of Paphos started to raise funds and received 11 donated bikes to give to Asylum Seekers at St George’s Complex in Polis/Latchi. When Revd Anne Futcher heard about this, in her role in the Diocese as Community Liaison, she applied for, and received, a grant from The Episcopal Church of America of €5,510 to purchase 35 refurbished bikes including kit- lights, bell, pump, puncture repair kit, lock, helmet and HiViz jacket.
The church went into partnership with The Learning Refuge in Paphos and as part of the arrangement we provided some basic bike maintenance training and road safety instruction.
Now, this three-month Bike Project has come to its end. We have a few more bikes still to give out but this will be completed by the end of October. In total, we have been able to give out 38 bikes due to donations for refreshments and no charge admin work, which meant we could divert the entire grant funding towards additional bikes. The bike supplier donated an extra bike and offered to carry out any major repairs or problems with the bikes, free of charge.
Thanks to everyone for their support for this project, you have really helped with getting people mobile and they can get around for appointments, interviews and to and from work. The photograph shows four of the happy bike recipients.