Wheel help for the world’s poor

Wheels of change: Tony Dungworth, left, and Jake Jackson from the Rotary Club.                             PICTURE: STEVE TAYLOR
Wheels of change: Tony Dungworth, left, and Jake Jackson from the Rotary Club. PICTURE: STEVE TAYLOR
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NEWLY retired Tony Dungworth is making the most of his spare time...

He is busy collecting bicycles that are spare or have fallen into disrepair, and fixing them up to send on to Third World countries.

And he’s appealing for anybody with a bike sitting doing nothing in their shed or garden to contact him.

“It’s a really important cause and I’ve seen first-hand the difference it can make to lives out there,” said Tony, who got involved with the appeal, run by the Margaret Carey Foundation, through his local Rotary club.

“I’ve heard stories of children in Africa walking 10 miles to school every morning and 10 miles back home in blazing heat. I’ve seen videos of the same children when they’re presented with bikes through this programme, it’s truly wonderful.”

Tony, who lives in the village of Marsh Lane near Eckington, recently handed over the reins of Audiovision - the electrical retail business he began 40 years ago - to his son Philip.

“I joined my local Rotary club in 2005 and I’ve been involved in various things with them since, but it’s only since retirement I’ve had the time to throw myself into it more,” the 70-year-old said.

Tony, and other members of the Eckington and District Rotary Club, have dedicated their time to several charitable organisations in the past, of which the Margaret Carey Foundation is the latest.

Eight helpers personally collect and store each donated bicycle before making arrangements for it to be sent to the foundation.

Tony, who has already helped unite 40 recycled bikes with new owners all over the world, said: “It also saves spaces in landfills by recycling useable bicycles. It’s win-win all round.”

If you have a bike you would like to see put to good use, email tonydungworth@hotmail.com or call Tony on 07768 297 094.