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Truro police, town's recreation department pitch in to support local program

Jennifer Spicer, executive director of United Way of Colchester County, left, was thrilled to receive 100 bicycle helmets from the Truro police and the town's parks, recreation and culture department. Making the donation were Truro police Chief David MacNeil and Shannon Jarvis with the recreation department.

TRURO - A generous donation of helmets has been made to the local Bikes for Kids campaign.

Truro Police Service Chief David MacNeil and Shannon Jarvis, active communities co-ordinator with the Town of Truro's parks, recreation and culture department, donated 100 helmets to the initiative on Thursday morning. The helmets were delivered to the Douglas Street Recreation Centre, where the United Way, which offers Bikes for Kids, eagerly picked them up.

Jennifer Spicer, executive director of United Way, said the donation is a huge help that will benefit other aspects of the program and save potentially thousands of dollars.

"I'm thrilled. It's a big relief," said Spicer. "It means we don't have to buy a lot of helmets so that money can be used to get bike parts for bikes that need them."

Spicer said the organization has about 20 bikes for the Bikes for Kids campaign and more donations will be forthcoming. The bikes will be available at the end of the month.

MacNeil said the police department is a huge supporter of bicycle safety so it made perfect sense to help with the donations.

"Helmet and bike safety is huge for us ... (and) it's the perfect time because bikes are on the road," said MacLean. "And money is tight at times so not everyone can afford them."

Truro police also give some bicycles that have been seized to the United Way for refurbishing and distribution.

Jarvis said it's important to support Bikes for Kids because teaching appropriate road rules should begin at a young age.

"It's better to have a positive approach versus clamping down with rules. It's easier to change behaviour at a young age because older people are set in their ways and it's harder to change," said Jarvis.

Spicer said volunteers are needed immediately to help fix bikes for the program. Training will be offered before the program is open for children to claim a bike and helmet, which will begin May 27 and run until the end of relay. About 60 bikes and helmets were given to children between age two and Grade 12 as well as to a few adults last year.

To volunteer, or for more information on the upcoming bike distribution program, call the United Way office at 895-9313, visit the office at 574 Prince St. or log onto www.colchester.unitedway.ca

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INFO BOX:

Program: Bikes for Kids, providing free bicycles and helmets for children in need.

Offered by: United Way of Colchester County

Helmet donations by Truro officials: Made possible thanks to

provincial funding through the Protect Your Noggin initiative.

To volunteer with Bikes for Kids or apply for a bike and helmet: Call the United Way at 895-9313

 

Organizations: United Way, Bikes for Kids, Truro Police Service Douglas Street Recreation Centre

Geographic location: Truro, Colchester County

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