Variety - Bikes for Kids 2008 10 December 2008
Phew! What a week, Variety ? The Childrenfs Charity gifted 450 new bikes to deserving children from Auckland to Invercargill during our annual gBikes for Kidsh tour from November 30 - December 10. Our Events and Operations Manager, Adam,?had an unfortunate accident with a chainsaw the week before (donft worry, he is on the mend!) and could not go on the road so a huge thanks and admiration to our Events Manager, Jodi, for taking the challenge in her stride and ensuring the whole programme went off without a hitch!! Sponsored by Trillian Trust and Kelloggfs, the 2008 Variety gBikes for Kidsh tour involved Variety volunteers, along with local celebrities, travelling throughout the country presenting bikes to children in Auckland, Thames, Waihi, Mt Maunganui, Whakatane, Opotiki, Rotorua, Taupo, Taumarunui, New Plymouth, Ngaruawahia and Invercargill. Prime Minister John Key attended the Auckland event on Sunday 30 November and presented the first 10 bikes of the 2008 tour to children form Kaitoke School on Great Barrier Island and Mangere Central School in Auckland. The aim of the Variety Bikes for Kids programme is to recognise and reward children who are role models at their schools and in their communities. Our goal is to reward deserving children from low decile schools with, what is in many cases, their first-ever bike. This recognition not only benefits the child concerned, but provides an incentive for their peers to follow in their footsteps and become good school and community citizens. Variety Bikes for Kids, now in its sixth year, forms a special part of Varietyfs mobility programme, providing life enriching assistance to children with mobility restrictions. Each year Variety provides hundreds of children with much needed equipment that aids mobility, including specialised trikes and bikes. Variety distributes grants to individuals and organisations that work with disadvantaged children up to 18 years of age. Varietyfs vision is to help New Zealand children who are sick, disabled and disadvantaged to reach their full potential. Finally, I would also like to take this opportunity whilst blogging to thank our Bikes for Kids sponsors, Trillian Trust, Kelloggfs, TR Group and Avanti Bikes, without whom, this programme simply wouldn't be possible.