Help Syrian kids get their 1st bikes!
We collect used bikes from the public, refurbish them, donate them to Syrian families, and train them on safe cycling around Ottawa. We are looking for donations of bicycles and gear (helmets, locks, bells, lights), and for volunteers looking to make a difference! You can help us meet our target of raising $20,000 and placing over 250 bicycles with Syrian refugees by giving to our crowdfunding campaign.
The wheels4refugees WORKSHOP fixes up donated bicycles for Syrian kids and their parents. Among our volunteer bike mechanics is Aref Hajji, a recent newcomer from Syria whose father was a bicycle repairman. Aref and other volunteers mentor young Syrian newcomers to refurbish donated bikes, helping the young apprentices pick up language and job skills along the way and integrate into the Ottawa community.
wheels4refugees YOUTH MENTORS are Arabic-speaking volunteers who train the Syrian families on how to ride bicycles safely around Ottawa and familiarize them with bike paths and routes to shopping, schools, parks, and places of worship. This helps empower the newcomers to get comfortable with cycling as free, healthy, independent transportation around their new city!
How can you help?
- A gift to those in need – help us reach our goal of $20,000 to get bikes and training to at least 250 Syrian refugees by giving a gift here on this page!
- Donate bicycles (used or new) of all sizes at the CapitalWelcomes drop-box in the lobby of 350 Sparks St. We also need helmets, bike locks, lights, and bike safety bells. Bring along household items too – kitchenware, small appliances, toiletrees, cribs, strollers - our amazing partners at CapitalWelcomes will make sure they reach families who are really needing them!
- Volunteer – we can use your help! We need volunteers to help us refurbish bicycles, raise $$ through corporate sponsorship