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Bicycle Donations

Posted by Carol Lopez on September 23, 2013, 7:31 pm

This is a re-posting of Darrell's post from last year:

Anatomy of a bicycle donation for the La Catalina Educational Foundation 2013 silent auction fundraiser.

Reliable, serviceable, rust free bikes are at a premium in this community,
both for rental and for purchase. Bringing down our own bikes will not
only address our own transportation needs, but afford those among us
who want to make a contribution back to this gentle, idyllic community
that has hosted us so graciously, this opportunity. In my own
case I brought down a used bike purchased on Craigslist from Vancouver,
dedicated it for donation to the La Catalina Educational Foundation
fundraiser (non profit), arranged for a letter of intent from the foundation,
presented it to Westjet Airlines at the airport, who then provided me
free cartage as they have a no charge policy for hunanitarian/ charitable
donations. Upon arrival the foundation provided me with free transportation
to our fair town. My condition of donorship was full possession of my
bike until time of departure, even as my schedule exceeded the date of
auction. My bike garnered a higher bid than what I paid in the auction
process. So I got my cake and ate it too! I
should add that the five
bicycles donated to the La Catalina educational foundation fundraiser
raised almost$15000 pesos this year. What follows are some guidelines
that may help you in your plans should you choose this avenue of self service
and giving.
- any and all used
bikes are welcome
-aluminum frame bikes are preferable for this climate
-bikes equipped with bells
and baskets enhance their utility and value
-cardboard packaging rates
range from $30 - $50 in Vancouver.
However many bicycle
retailers offer discarded bike boxes which one can used for self
packaging if you know how.
-unused bicycle box space
can be used for transporting other personal
effects so long as it
doesn't exceed the 50 lb. weight limit.
-always carry duct tape
on your person at the airport for repackaging as customs officers routinely
open bike boxes for inspection without proper means of resealing.
If anyone has more to add on this subject please do. The satisfaction
of taking this initiative
has been priceless for me. Check-in on your own generous heart.

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