United Way launches 15th annual Bikes for Kids Program

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United Way of Colchester County’s Bikes for Kids program is geared up and ready for summer.

The program collects bikes from the community for volunteers to tune up and then distribute to children (ages 2 to 16) in Colchester County. Bikes for Kids is in its 15th year of operation and, to date, has given out more than 730 bicycles.

“The Bikes for Kids program has a significant impact on local families,” says Terry Hearn, interim executive director of the United Way of Colchester County. “We provide children with the opportunity to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives through the joy of riding a bike — something they wouldn’t be able to do without this program.”

This year we’ve seen an increase in the number of children donating their own gently used bikes. One boy left a note with his that read: “… hope that it finds a good home and makes someone happy.”

To date we have more than 80 bikes that are being tuned up by local volunteers, including a group of Scouts. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the tune-ups can contact the office for more information.

If residents don’t have a bike to donate, they can still contribute to the program by making a financial donation to be used towards costs of operating the program, including much needed parts and supplies. Financial donations can be made by visiting our online gift catalogue at www.colchester.unitedway.ca/gift-catalog or by contacting our office.

Application forms for children needing a bike are available at the office or by emailing coordinator@colchester.unitedway.ca. Please note a parent or guardian’s approval is required when requesting a bike and the child must be present when the bike is given out.  Helmets are available for those children who don’t have one.

We would like to thank those businesses and organizations that support this program, either with a monetary or in-kind donation, including The Town of Truro for the donation of new helmets.

If you have any questions, or would like more information about Bikes for Kids, please call the office at 902-895-9313. This year’s program will run until the end of July.  Help us enable children in our community have a fun, active and safe summer!

 

Tagline: Terry Hearn is theexecutive director of the United Wayof Colchester County. Contact her at ed@colchester.unitedway.ca.

 

Organizations: United Way, Bikes for Kids

Geographic location: Colchester County, Truro

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