Day 1: I got a bike!

In 2017, thanks to generous community support, Variety gave over 200 disabled and disadvantaged children the freedom and independence of their very own bike. Read more

Some children have overcome adverse circumstances, in some situations the family is simply not in a position to purchase a bike and in other cases the Bikes for Kids programme recognises and rewards children who are role models at their school or in their community.

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.

Earlier this year we presented 30 specialised trikes, scooters and two-wheelers to children at Waitaha Special School.

The kids were super-excited, and couldn't wait to clamber onto the bikes. Some even had a turn scooting around the chapel where the presentation was held.

Thanks to Ford and Dimension Data for their generous contributions.

Ky from Dimension Data presents Kane with his new scooter.

Diljit from Dimension Data fits a helmet for this new bike owner.

Giving the bike a spin at Papakura Normal School.

In November we presented 30 bikes and helmets to deserving young role models.

Thirty excited kids were able to cycle around on their brand new bikes after our Bikes for Kids presentation at Papakura Normal School.

You can read about it in the press!

Watch Mike McRoberts interview Precious about the bikes at Point England School

You'll be able to join Mike McRoberts in Sri Lanka next February as part of the Variety 2018 Cycle Challenge.

More information about this exciting trip

 For as little as $200, you can provide a Kiwi kid in need with a bike and helmet 

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for the next Christmas story!