TRURO – Applicants to the 15th annual Bikes for Kids program could see a new bike by as early as next week.
More than 80 bikes have been donated to the United Way of Colchester County for the program, but before they can be delivered, they need to go for a tune up. Volunteers are working on tuning the bikes, including a group of local Scouts.
“The Bikes for Kids program has a significant impact on local families,” said Terry Hearn, interim executive director, in a press release. “We provide children with the opportunity to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives through the joy of riding a bike, something they may not be able to do without this program.”
With more than 730 bikes given out to children during the program’s existence, more are being donated this year.
“We have seen an increase of children donating their gently used bikes,” Hearn said. “One boy left a note with his bike – ‘hope that it finds a good home and makes someone happy.’”
The program collects gently used bikes from the community for volunteers to tune up before distributing to children between the ages of two and 16.
Residents who don’t have a bike to donate, but who still want to contribute to the program, can do so by making a financial donation that will be used toward the costs of operating the program, as well as 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 the office.
Application forms for children needing a bike are available at the office or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 do not have one.
For more information on the program or volunteering for tune up, contact the office at 895-9313.