LONDON – St. Aidan’s church in London, Ont. partnered with Christ Church, Chatham to deliver close to 100 donated bikes to migrant workers in southwestern Ontario.
Over the summer, the Rev. Canon Kevin George of St. Aidan’s put out a call to Londoners to see if anyone would be willing to donate a bicycle. The Rev. John Maroney of Christ Church suggested the idea of assisting migrant workers back in June when he began to see their need for transportation.
“The fellows that would come to our service afterwards would say, you know, we really could use bicycles because we are isolated out where we are,” he says. “I thought, these fellows are away from their families for months at a time, they’re isolated. Why shouldn’t they have the freedom to jump on a bike? We are giving them that freedom of dignity and knowing that Canadians care.”
As of late August, 80 bikes had been donated. Canon George planned to deliver dozens of them to a farm in Chatham, which he says employs 100 migrant workers.