Small business owner Angus Murphy from Moruya Bicycles started Bikes for Bush Fire Relief on 20 January 2020 and since has given away 68 bicycles to families and property owners devastated by the recent bushfires.
Angus said to his customers, “Help us help others. Bring us your old bicycles, we will fix them up, and give to anyone impacted by the fires. The community response was instant and overwhelming."
"This initiative is helping the mental health healing processes by providing a positive outlet for emotions. Getting out on bicycles releases stress, is fun and helps people effected feel like kids again.
"Thanks to the Far South Coast community who have donated their old bicycles. The outpouring of generosity has humbled the shop." Angus and his team work quickly to make the repairs needed so the bikes sparkle and shine like new before giving them away ASAP.
Bikes for Bushfire Relief, Moruya Bicycles, Angus Murphy. The community wide Bikes for Bush Fire Relief effort has put smiles on so many faces. Angus said "There are now dozens of families and cyclists from Bega to Batemans Bay and beyond that are out on bicycles having a blast, enjoying the outdoors and relieving tension after such a difficult time."
"Moruya Cycles continues to have requests from those in need so please keep bringing bikes to the shop at 10 Ford St, Moruya. Also continue to spread the word to anyone that needs a bike due to the fires or floods. All bikes are given away for free."