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A neighborhood coming collectively for a wholesome trigger

As soon as once more, Franz Weber and his Paying It Ahead West Hawaii is at it once more, this time rallying neighborhood assist to get used bikes repurposed for a wholesome trigger.

As most of you already know, Weber, a neighborhood sports activities fanatic, volunteer extraordinaire, and avid bike owner created and based Paying It Ahead final 12 months. The non-profit group is designed to supply a platform to assist elevate funds and supply fast help to these in want.

Because the begin of his non-profit, Weber, who can be the president of the Hawaii Biking Membership, has acquired an ongoing movement of requests — from buying Chromebooks and clothes, to youngster automotive seats and wheelchairs, to highschool provides and nutritious snacks for the kids of Kahaluu Housing Mission.

Different occasions, Weber receives inquiries of how an individual or group can donate merchandise again into the neighborhood. The newest one got here from Bicycle Adventures.

“Bicycle Adventures organizes group bike excursions worldwide, and so they have an organization right here in Kona,” Weber mentioned. “I bought an electronic mail from them as they want to donate 15 street bikes and two first-generation electrical bikes again to the neighborhood. I then tried to determine what use could be.”

It didn’t take lengthy for Weber to think about West Hawaii Neighborhood Well being Heart’s (WHCHC) free grownup bike lessons supplied as soon as monthly to assist sufferers get wholesome and match, and reached out to Claudia Hartz.

“I labored together with her previously conducting bike lessons for adults and for folks with medical challenges and well being points,” Weber mentioned. “Beforehand they used PATH’s BikeShare bikes. Claudia was very enthusiastic and mentioned she would resume having common scheduled bike lessons once more for her well being challenged shoppers.”

Working rapidly, Weber then contacted Brad Weinmann at Kona Sports activities Heart as he knew the donated bikes would wish repairs. Weinmann instantly supplied his assist. The 2 electrical bikes can be repurposed into commuter bikes and can be given to those that presently have jobs however lack transportation.

“West Hawaii Neighborhood Well being Heart has supplied plenty of free lessons open to the general public from zoomba to hula to yoga,” Weber mentioned. “They actually need to assist the well being enchancment of the area people. They’ve plenty of shoppers who’re underprivileged, or challenged in plenty of methods, so any manner to enhance their well being and wellbeing could be nice. Via this, it reveals how the neighborhood and completely different organizations come collectively for the advantage of everybody.

“What I actually like about it’s, it simply takes a facilitator. All the nice will and alternatives are on the market, they exist — it’s all right here in our neighborhood. We simply want somebody to place it collectively, that’s all, and I simply occur to be on the proper place on the proper time.”

For extra details about the free grownup bike lessons and neighborhood health actions contact Franz Weber at FIM2020@outlook.com. Bike lessons will start in September on the West Hawaii Neighborhood Well being Heart.


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