In June 2019, Bikes 4 Kids gave away 50 bicycles, locks and helmets to all grade 4 students of a school in West North York. The bikes were built by volunteers and staff at CultureLink's Bike Hub at 15 Tobermory Drive, in the Jane-Finch neighborhood.
"I will go biking and be healthy, while having fun with my cousins riding my bike. Biking is important because bikes do not cause pollution. I am so thankful about getting the chance to meet goodhearted people. Thank you so much for the bike!", wrote one student.
Before receiving their new bikes, all the students participated in a cycling education program focused on skills and safety. "
I learned how to wear a helmet, about bike safety and how to fix a pedal that is stuck", another student told us.
The bicycles were generously donated and collected by a local Toronto law firm, Shields O’Donnell MacKillop (SOM) LLP and two of its lawyers, Malcolm and Brandin, who are cycling enthusiasts.
This year we are extending the call for donations to the general public, and hoping to amplify the impact of your support by using the bicycles at a couple of other schools prior to the giveaway, for cycling education programs.