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Oh, the things that you can do while riding a bike!

Take Albert Einstein for example. When asked where the idea of his now famous theory of relatively came from, he purportedly said “I thought of that while riding my bicycle.”

This year the United Way of Lunenburg County, with the support of the community and a host of volunteers gave away 62 refurbished bikes to Lunenburg County kids and their parents who might not be in a position to purchase one. This total adds to last year’s Bikes for Kids success of 70 bikes given to local families.

While many of these new riders may not have an Einstein moment, it doesn’t matter because independence, self-confidence, and a healthy lifestyle are just some of the benefits a child will gain by owning his or her own bike. The opportunity to explore their community on two wheels and to be “one of the gang” helps to dispel the stigma of being left out. Being able to also supply a bike to their parents just heightens the opportunities for family fun and outdoor adventure.

This year, the bikes found their way to many areas of Lunenburg County. 35 bikes were given to girls and 27 bikes to boys. Of those, 47 bikes were given to kids under 15 and 7 bikes given to youth 16-20 and 8 given to adults.

In the fall, Bikes for Kids will once again be collecting new and gently used bikes at the Centre Court of the Bridgewater Mall. Over the winter these bikes will be repaired and refurbished by volunteers from the O’Regan Subaru Cycling Team, The Bike Barn and Spin Your Wheels Bike Shop. In the spring of 2015 The Better Together Family Resource Centre and PRO Kids in Bridgewater, Chester and MoDL will once again work with families who would benefit from having a bike. All of the organizations mentioned above have donated their time or services making this a zero cost event.

To donate a new or gently used bike to Bike for Kids, or to find out more about how the United Way of Lunenburg County is putting your donations to work helping Lunenburg County kids, youth, families, seniors and communities, to see our community impact videos, to see the requirements necessary to obtain a grant, to sign up for our e-newsletter and/or to make a secure online donation, please visit our website at www.lunenburgcounty.unitedway.ca.

Michael Graves, Coordinator
The United Way of Lunenburg County

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