Each year Variety provides around 450 deserving or disadvantaged children with the freedom and independence of their very own bike on our annual Bikes for Kids Tour.
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 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.
In March and April the Variety Bikes for Kids tour visited the far South and the far North! Presentations took place in Christchurch, Ashburton, Methven and Timaru in March, followed by Dargaville, Whangarei, Kawakawa, Kaikohe, Kaitaia and Mangonui in April.
There will also be several presentations in Auckland, a city that continues to have the largest low decile population in New Zealand. Stay tuned for more information.
Find out how to nominate a child for a bike
Each year Variety chooses a different route for its Bikes for Kids tour. Schools and communities in each area are invited to participate by nominating a deserving child to receive a bike. To receive a bike a child needs to be:
• Aged between 7 and 9 years (between 111 cm and 135 cm tall)
• Socio-economically disadvantaged, with their family not in a position to purchase a bike OR
• Have recently overcome some adverse circumstances OR
• A child who is a role model to others, consistently making a difference within their school and community environments and showing an outstanding ability to assist those around them
A nomination form will be available here prior to each Bikes for Kids Tour.
Meet some Kiwi kids who have received a new bike from Variety
Eight year old Heidi from Mayfield School was one of 43 Blenheim school children who received their very own bike during a Variety Bikes for Kids tour.
School Principal David Nott nominated Heidi because of her leadership in the school, and her positive attitude towards learning and making the most of her opportunities. “She’s a great kid” he said.
Heidi says she enjoys school, particularly maths and swimming. She loves her new bike: “It’s really cool...I get to bring it to school sometimes!”
For $200 you can provide a Kiwi kid with their very own bike and helmet. Click here to make a donation to Variety's Bikes for Kids programme.
Variety would like to thank its Bikes for Kids sponsors, without whom, this programme simply wouldn't be possible.