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Moravian College sponsors “New Deals for Old Wheels”

Pedals for Progress— putting used bikes to good use

Bethlehem, Pa., March 9, 2007—The Moravian College campus community is gearing up for “New Deals for Old Wheels,” in support of the Pedals for Progress (P4P) campaign to recycle used bikes to ship to developing countries throughout the world.

On Sunday, April 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Moravian College will accept used bikes, either adult or child size, in repairable condition, at 1200 Main Street at the “1742” sign, Main Street campus, Bethlehem, Pa.

To date, more than 100,000 used bicycles have been shipped to countries in Latin America, Africa, and the Pacific Islands.  In these countries the bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults to provide a reliable means of transportation to work, markets, or to access health care and other services.

The basic cost to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute each bicycle is $28 and a donation toward shipping costs is necessary (suggested minimum $10 per bike.) All cash and material donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be available at the collection site. Portable working sewing machines will be accepted, and P4P also seeks donations of wrenches for overseas shops.

Pedals for Progress is a 501 (c) (3) corporation and a registered charity in the states of New Jersey, PA, KS, CT, MA, and VT.  For additional information please call (215) 588-0444.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.