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Cycle of kindness for Good Causes

Russell MacMillan (right) with Stuart Falconer, church officer for Maxwell Mearns Castle Parish Church, and just two of the donated bikes.

Russell MacMillan (right) with Stuart Falconer, church officer for Maxwell Mearns Castle Parish Church, and just two of the donated bikes.

  • by David Stewart
 

Children now have the bikes they always wanted, thanks to a second-hand donation project run by East Renfrewshire Good Causes.

Front line services in the community made the charity — set up by Newton Mearns man Russell MacMillan as a way of giving back following a life-saving double transplant — aware that some children longed for bikes, but came from families unable to afford them because of unemployment or homelessness.

A total of eight bikes were donated by other families in the area — allowing ER Good Causes to spend the £400 it had allocated for new bikes on other people in need.

Russell thanked social services, occupational therapists, and all those who work “at the coal-face”.

He told The Extra: “Those services involved in the welfare of local families are absolutely instrumental in alerting us to whatever help we can offer.

“It’s sometimes presumed all kids have bikes, but this handful of families could not afford them, having hit on hard times.”

Completing the circle of kindness, the bikes were revamped by adults with additional support needs taking part in workshops at Barrhead Resource Centre.

Russell thanked the church community for offering to store the bicycles, and added: “The majority of us are lucky to live life untouched or unaware of poverty. We’re so grateful to the families donating their bicycles to those less fortunate.”

 

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