*Noel Peachey is a client at Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust.
Noel Peachey was left heartbroken when his only form of transportation, his beloved bicycle, was damaged beyond repair.
“My bike was on its stand and the wind blew it over, and then it was (accidently) run over by a vehicle.”
A few years ago, with his wife Jill house and wheelchair bound (Noel is Jill’s full-time carer and his first priority) and the pair living off a benefit, they decided to invest in a bicycle for Noel’s transportation needs rather than a vehicle.
“There was no point in paying for warrants and fuel and things. We decided I may as well just get a bike!”
This decision ignited a new passion for Noel, who would go on to bike more than 100km per week. As well as picking up his wife’s medication, doing the groceries and running household errands, Noel would bike to Anderson’s park, Queen’s Park, Donovan Park, anywhere he felt like riding.
“I’m never off my bike during the day. It’s good for my fitness, but it also gives me a chance to get away and clear my head. Sometimes I get into a rhythm and I just keep on going.”
“I really enjoy riding my bike. I miss it when I’m not on it.”
So when his treasured bike was no longer usable, Noel and his wife tried to decide what they could give up in the groceries each week to be able to afford a new one.
Nga Kete Whanau Ora Navigator Davina Jones was told about what happened to Noel’s bike and instantly rallied around to try and source a new one. Davina was informed of the IDEA Service’s bike project and approached the organization, who jumped at the chance to donate a restored bike to Noel.
“It’s a gift and I appreciate it immensely. It’s such a great Christmas present. This has made my day! I’m going to be on this all day now,” Noel said.
“From the bottom of my heart, a special thank you to Nga Kete and IDEA Services.”
Noel will now donate his bike to the organization for any parts that are still useable.
The IDEA Services bike project repairs unused or damaged bikes donated by the community, and enables many people with disabilities to learn how to maintain and repair bikes.
IDEA Services Mersey Street team leader Stephanie Amtman said the donated bikes are stripped down and restored, and later donated to a good cause, such as schools.
Bikes can be donated to 259 Mersey Street. Phone (03) 214 1750, open Monday-Friday 8.30am-4pm.