Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or upgrade your two-wheeled friend, the annual WORCA bike swap is the place to be Saturday, April 19, outside Dusty’s in Creekside.
The Whistler Off Road Cycling Association volunteers to put on this event each year to raise money for youth programs — including eight dirt camps this summer, youth twoonie nights for younger kids, support for the high school team at the B.C. Championships, the Lumpy Leidal Award, subsidies for youth and family memberships, and cash for a scholarship program.
All used, but good quality bikes are welcome, as well as other gear. The cost is $2 to sell each item, plus a percentage of sales — 10 per cent for items over $1,000 and 15 per cent for items $999 or less. There is also a three per cent surcharge for people paying by credit card to cover processing costs.
Drop-off is between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday, and the swap runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick-up of unsold bikes and gear runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and after 4 p.m. WORCA will consider any leftover items to be donated.
This year the lines will be shorter with three credit card stations. Other changes this year include a security fence to discourage thieves, and orange vests for volunteers if you have any questions about the bikes on sale.
More volunteers are needed to help out. If you can help out e-mail email@example.com.
Send your unused bike to Africa
If you have a bike to donate instead of selling it, Bicycles for Humanity is once again collecting bikes to donate to Africa. The Pemberton Rotary club is doing a collection on Earth Day, April 26, and there will be a container at the Re-Use-It Centre from 10 a.m. until noon on May 10 for drop-off.
There are already 200-plus bikes in the container, which will be sent to Namibia to be used by doctors, get kids to school, deliver water, and get people to work. The program includes training for bicycle mechanics, who can use those skills to supplement their income.
At the end of May there will be a bicycle sell-off, with the proceeds going towards shipping the container to Africa.
For questions or to arrange a bike pickup, contact Kelly Mabey at 604-938-0777, or Kelly_mabey@bicycles-for-humanity.org.
Art show to raise money for skateboard association
Blindmute Productions’ Let’s Talk About Feelings art show in Function Junction Saturday, April 19 is also a fundraiser for the Whistler Skateboard Association.