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The sixth Chain Link event was held at the Western Community Centre in June, marking our sixth anniversary. My original idea for Chain Link was that we would be giving bicycles away to the community. During my discussions with a social worker, a principal, a bicycle shop owner and Max Coyle from the Western Community Centre, I learned that there was definitely a need for this. Infact I discovered that Max had already experimented with giving away bicycles. He found the biggest issue….skills to repair them.

So with the support of the Western Community Centre we started out running events to teach people how to fix bicycles and to encourage people to use bicycles as a mode of transport. Each event we invite people to bring their bicycles along, so we can teach them how to do basic maintenance and get them up and running again

Now, thanks to the generosity of the community, we now have bicycles which can be mended and donated back (a big thankyou to Russ Hearn who has donated a lot of bicycles and new helmets). We are now at the point where people can come to the event, choose a bicycle, be assisted in repairing it and take it home. To this date 10 bicycles and 5 helmets have been given away with a total of 39 bicycles being repaired.

I would like to thank everyone who has volunteered their time for Chain Link, without their time and effort we wouldn’t be where we are today.  I would also like to thank everyone who has spread the message and attended the events. Chain Link’s event are held on the last Saturday of the month from 10 – 11am. You can keep up to date with Chain Link events at facebook.com/chainlinkhamilton/

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