The Rotary Club of Ilkley Wharfedale will hold their annual Recycling Collection in the main Car Park, off South Hawksworth Street, Ilkley on Saturday 2 October.
Taking place between 9am and 3pm, anyone with any of the following items that they no longer need will be welcome: bicycles for any age, sewing machines, walking aids, wheelchairs, tools, school backpacks, spectacles and trainers.
The collection is in association with The Margaret Carey Foundation which collects bicycles, wheelchairs and walking aids and has them refurbished mainly in prisons, to help prisoners attain a skill and thereby reduce re-offending, they are then donated to people in need in the UK and overseas.
Tools for Africa gives new life to unwanted tools and assembles them into kits for carpenters, builders, automotive repairs, dressmakers etc. and distributes these through WorkAid to African countries so that they can start small businesses and support their communities, they also distribute tools suitable for vocational training to the Nuffield School for the Deaf and Blind in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
Mary’s Meals provide life-changing meals to some of the poorest children every day they attend school and will use the school backpacks for delivering to schools in third world countries.
The spectacles are sorted and calibrated again for use in third world countries.
New this year – please bring any unwanted trainers. The Biasan Charity is wanting trainers for men, women and children largely for the recent influx of refugees from Afghanistan, many of whom have arrived with just the clothes they stood up in. These will be passed through to the Biasan Charity by an Ilkley U3A craft group.