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South Coast High School Students Sending Bikes To Rural Communities In Africa

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(Photo courtesy of Cade Raymond)
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A group of Ventura County High School students is collecting bicycles to send to communities in Africa.

A group of high school students from Ventura County is collecting bikes to send to communities in Africa.

High School student Cade Raymond of Thousand Oaks says he saw firsthand, during a trip to Africa, that some school children had to walk up to 11 miles a day to attend school.

He’s been inspired to collect bikes – along with friends - to send to organizations in Tanzania, Namibia and Ghana, for Wheels To Africa.

"We collect bikes in all shapes and sizes, except rusty ones, and we raise money for a shipping container and send them to Africa and distribute them to impoverished communities," he told KCLU.

"There's a lot of rural communities. A bike really can be life-changing," Raymond said.

The collection takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday August 7 at United Methodist Church, 1049 S Westlake Blvd, Westlake Village.