Bike donation to YWCA will help people get around

  • Nick Celario / The Garden Island

    Jennifer Carter, YWCA of Kauai clinical director of domestic violence services, left, talks story with Jim Benkert, coordinator of Get Fit Kauai’s Bikes on Rice program, center, and Briggs Knott, owner of Briggs Bicycles, on Wednesday in Lihue.

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    Members of YWCA of Kauai and Get Fit Kauai’s Bikes on Rice Program, as well as Mayor Bernard Carvalho, stop for a photo Wednesday at the YWCA in Lihue. Pictured are Jim Benkert, Tom Christy, Tommy Noyes, Briggs Knott, Bev Brody, Kawena Bagano, Steven Dick, Stefani Lowe, Hilda Javinar, Dollie Galiza, Julia Adolfo, Chelsea Crapser, Matthew Houck, Rhonda Moore, Mia Carroll, Jennifer Carter and KipuKai Kuali’i.

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    YWCA of Kauai Director of Operations KipuKai Kuali’i walks by bicycles donated to the YWCA on Wednesday in Lihue.

LIHUE — Even the smallest gesture can go a long way.

The YWCA of Kauai received a donation of five bicycles as well as helmets and reflective bands Wednesday.

“The YWCA is always grateful to have any kind of support from our community, the county and the Bikes on Rice program,” said KipuKai Kuali’i, YWCA of Kauai director of operations.

“It’s pretty awesome. I think the more people we get riding bikes — with Rice Street and everything we have here, being more walkable and everything — our clients can take advantage of that as well.”

The bicycles will go toward helping the YWCA’s clients.

“Some of the bikes will be going to our shelter program. A lot of those clients are without their own transportation,” said Mia Carroll, YWCA of Kauai shelter director.

“I would say (the bikes for) personal use for our clients is a huge benefit for them. Many of our clients have limited resources. So, to be given a bike and be able to get around, go to their appointments and be more self-sufficient (can aid them).”

The donation was put together by a group of people from Get Fit Kauai’s Bikes on Rice program in collaboration with local shop Briggs Bicycles.

“The way it started, I have a lot of bicycles. I go in there and hang out with (Briggs Bicycles owner Briggs Knott) and learn how to work on my bicycles,” said Jim Benkert, Bikes on Rice program coordinator.

“There’s all these old bikes there that are of no use. I’ve been working on these old bikes, just fixing them up — putting new tubes, brake cables and stuff. Why don’t we just give them away? So, we decided, ‘Let’s give them to the YWCA.’”

Benkert added he’s got a handful of other bikes he’s working on that he hopes to donate.

As for Wednesday’s donation, he just hopes they’ll be of use to people who need them.

“We don’t know, as bike shop guys and bike riders, who needs these the most. They (the YWCA) deal with people every day who have needs that we’re not equipped to identify. They are,” he said.

“There’s no strings attached. They do with whatever they think they need to do with them. Whoever can best use them, that’s where we want them to go.”

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Nick Celario, sports writer, can be reached at 245-0437 or ncelario@thegardenisland.com.

2 Comments
  1. manongindashadow August 16, 2018 11:45 am Reply

    It will help them get around town on the back roads/streets. However none of them will ride anywhere between Hanalei to Kekaha. Good gesture tho!


  2. Davis Jeffries August 16, 2018 8:34 pm Reply

    Re-purposing old bikes is a blessing & well worth the effort. Fabulous!


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