Karori West Normal School bicycles will help refugee women learn how to ride

Karori West Normal School bicycles will help refugee women learn how to ride

Two of 10 bikes to be borrowed from Karori West Normal School. Photo: Hope Burmeister

Karori West Normal School is giving 10 bicycles for an event that will teach refugee women how to ride.

Deputy principal Janice Jones said the bicycles were ideal to learn on as they were the “right size” and easy to ride.

She said the school supported the event on Friday as it was important to support all people in their community.

“We welcome refugee families into our community.”

The bicycles are used for the younger students to learn to how to ride in PE classes.

Wheel Kiwis, which has organised the event, needs bicycles from the school and ReBicycle to make it happen.

The event has been running for three years and will take place this year in Karori Park on International Women’s Day.

Event director, Cushla Donovan, said it focused on refugee women as within their cultures, women and children were usually not the focus.

She said most women came out of the event able to ride a bicycle for the first time in their lives.“As Kiwis, we take it for granted. We’re so used to growing up with bikes.”

Donovan said teaching refugees to ride is the same as teaching a child. However, they went through it in a simpler “10-step process”.

When the volunteers had patience in teaching, the women tended to pick it up quickly.

“If you’re an older or middle-aged lady who’s never rode a bike before, it can be quite daunting.”

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Article by Hope Burmeister

About Author I am a student reporter covering the Brooklyn/Happy Valley areas along with other stories in the Wellington region. I have a degree in Creative Writing and English so I love it when I get to do a creative story! My passion is writing and reading classic literature, especially Jane Austen.


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Article by Hope Burmeister

About Author I am a student reporter covering the Brooklyn/Happy Valley areas along with other stories in the Wellington region. I have a degree in Creative Writing and English so I love it when I get to do a creative story! My passion is writing and reading classic literature, especially Jane Austen.


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