WILMINGTON- On March 16 and 17, from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., A Bike for Every Child will host its second Earn-a-Bike giveaway at the Brigade Boys and Girls Club and give over 125 bicycles and new helmets to its youth.
The Brigade youth will participate in a two day event consisting of a Tune-Up Day and a Bike Safety Rodeo. During the Tune-Up Day, participants pick out their new bicycle, according to proper size. They then take their bike to several stations to learn proper maintenance and common repairs, such as how to fix a flat tire.
The Bike Safety Rodeo will be led by Cape Fear Cyclists League Cycling Instructor, Tammy Brown. During the Rodeo, participants visit several stations including helmet fitting and education, the ABC Quick Check station, a station for bicycle rules of the road and hand signals, and the final station being a bicycle skills course.
After completion of the Rodeo, participants receive their very own bicycle license and take home their new bicycle and helmet.
The goal is to instill a sense of pride and ownership for their new bicycle, as well as educate them on how to ride safely, and the importance of always wearing a helmet.
A Bike for Every Child, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works daily to fulfill its mission of bringing our community together to support our youth to ride into happier, healthier futures. The organization believes in turning dusty bikes into shiny smiles by collecting gently used bicycles from generous individuals who donate them to be refurbished and given, with a new helmet, to youth who need them.
Two Wheeler Dealer has been a huge support by donating hundreds of bicycles to the nonprofit, in addition to assisting in the program development and training. Since A Bike for Every Child’s first event at the Brigade in June 2016, it has given away over 330 bicycles and new helmets.
The founder Kelly Cascaden, started A Bike for Every Child based on her belief that there is a special bond between kids and bikes that can never be broken. Riding a bike is a rite of passage and every child deserves to have one. She is also passionate about the health and well being of youth and believes that cycling is a great way for youth to stay healthy.
A Bike for Every Child is located in the lower level of the Harrelson Center, which is the former New Hanover County Jail. The old jail cells have been turned into bike workshops, where volunteers clean, evaluate and repair the donated bikes before they are given away. The Harrelson Center is home to 11 other nonprofit partner organizations and supports its partners with below-market rental rates that cover all utilities, parking and security. This synergistic environment allows all the nonprofits to operate more efficiently and better utilize their funding.
The Brigade Boys and Girls Club and A Bike for Every Child began their partnership last year to support the Brigade’s Healthy Habits program. Designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience, Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being. The Brigade youth will be riding their new bikes in the Azalea Festival Parade on April 8.
For more information, please contact Kelly Cascaden at (910)431-9235 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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