Bike Helmets for Oranga Tamariki
Auckland prisoners today handed over 50 refurbished bicycles to Oranga Tamariki/Ministry for Children that will be donated to local children. Each child will also receive a bright yellow helmet, thanks to AMI Insurance.
“Corrections is delighted with this brilliant collaboration between Oranga Tamariki, AMI and local communities,” said Jeanette Burns, Corrections’ Northern Regional Commissioner.
AMI’s Glyn Jones, Auckland Prison director Andy Langley, Department of Corrections northern regional commissioner Jeanette Burns, Oranga Tamariki/Ministry for Children’s Maria Tetini-Luatutu at the Auckland Prison where 50 bikes were handed over to the ministry.
“Not only do second-hand bikes donated by local communities give prisoners the chance to learn skills that will help them find employment on their release, but the men also have the opportunity to give back to the community.”
“At the same time, the bikes and helmets will bring joy to children in need, and the environment also benefits from the fact that these bicycles are recycled and not going to the dump.”
Maria Tetini-Luatutu, from Oranga Tamariki, says the bikes are a treasured gift for the children who receive them.
“It’s wonderful to be able to bring joy to our tamariki and whānau in this way. It’s great knowing that the bikes will be able to benefit so many people by being refurbished and passed on.”
AMI’s Community Engagement Manager, Eve Whitwell, says she is delighted AMI is able to support the bike project by donating the helmets.
“We’re thrilled to be able to play a small part in this awesome initiative, and ensure 50 children can take their new bikes on the road, safely.”
Over the past about two years, Auckland Prison has donated over 400 restored bicycles to a range of organisations supporting children and families in need, including Oranga Tamariki, Women’s Refuge, and Prison Fellowship New Zealand.
The e-cycling and recycling project at Auckland Prison forms part of a number of training and employment programmes at the prison aimed at reducing re-offending.
Prisoners learn various trades and can also obtain industry-related qualifications, which will help them secure sustainable employment on their release from prison.
The second-hand bicycles are donated to Auckland Prison by local communities.