Some 80 children from 17 schools in Auckland will receive brand new bikes and helmets on Thursday, 29th of August at the New Lynn Community Centre, in a culminating activity for the Auckland Bike Challenge launched early this year.
The project saw Auckland Transport partner with Variety – the Children’s Charity for the first time to raise funds for bikes and helmets for disadvantaged Kiwi kids.
Variety runs an annual Bikes for Kids programme that provides bikes to children in low decile schools for use as healthy and active means of transport to and from school.
Variety Chief Executive Lorraine Taylor said, “Variety is elated with the partnership with Auckland Transport this year. It enabled us to raise funds for bikes and helmets for 80 kids in Auckland. Thanks to our tireless and committed fundraisers and supporters, we can give more Kiwi kids the experience of independence and the joy that comes with having their own bike.”
Auckland Transport Chief Executive Shane Ellison said, “Over the last four years, the Auckland Bike Challenge has encouraged thousands of Aucklanders to get on their bikes during the month of February. This year saw the biggest participation yet with over 5000 people riding including 1,179 new riders who rode almost 1 million kms! We also had 530 corporates participate this year. These people did not just achieve personal goals in the process, they also helped the environment by sparing it of 83 tonnes of carbon dioxide. And the best thing about this year was that so many of them also helped raise funds for children’s bikes!”
The Auckland Bike Challenge is part of a national campaign, the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, being run by the New Zealand Transport Agency, Love to Ride, councils, and other local partners around the country.
For more information about the Auckland Bike Challenge, go to https://www.lovetoride.net/auckland