Mayor talks about Darebin City Community Grant to WeCycle
Established in 2015, WeCycle looks to house unwanted and discarded bicycles with members of the community who otherwise couldn’t afford them. In 2018, WeCycle received a grant of $2000 from Darebin City Council.
Gayle Ilievski, WeCycle co-founder said, “The money provided to us from the council will be used to purchase a range of items for bicycle recipients including, but certainly not limited to vital safety components; helmets, locks and lights. It’s amazing that what started as Craig Jackson and I started working in our backyard as a small interest, has grown to a team of volunteers who have joined us to grow this project.
“We are open every Saturday from 10am to 3pm for clients to come and find a bike of a suitable size and type. Cycling is a great way to get fit while seeing this great city.”
Mayor Cr Kim Le Cerf said, “WeCycle is a progressive and wonderfully inclusive initiative and is ideal for our Community Grants. Many people that are struggling to afford a bike will be helped through WeCycle.”
Gayle said, “We have excellent partners like Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Mind Australia, Women’s Refuge, Foundation House, Good Cycles and CERES and of course the City of Darebin who we hope to continue to work with through the Community Grants program. We continue to encourage women to join our team. We continue to apply for the grant every year, as we need assistance with the cost of public liability insurance and to keep the project afloat.”
Mayor Le Cerf concluded, “We are thrilled to continue to support WeCycle.”