Together with Variety – the Children’s Charity, Auckland doctor Helen Evans has presented 69 Kiwi kids with bikes of their very own.
Helen raised the money for the bikes as part of the charity fundraising expedition she embarked on earlier in the year, the Variety Cycle Challenge to Sri Lanka.
Comprising a more than 450km cycle through Sri Lanka, the trip saw participants raise money for Variety’s Bikes for Kids programme, which provides bikes and helmets to disadvantaged or deserving children throughout New Zealand.
Run in conjunction with World Expeditions, the trip cost included a $500 donation to the Bikes for Kids programme – and Helen raised more than $13,000 on top of this in the lead up to the expedition.
Inspired by a close friend who passed away earlier this year, prior to the presentations Helen said she was looking forward to visiting the children at their schools, handing over the bikes and seeing their faces.
“I am so proud and I know my friend definitely would have been proud too.”
Together with Variety staff and supporters, over the course of two days Helen presented the bikes to Auckland students from a mixture of schools, as per the below.
Location: Sutton Park Primary School
Details: 28 bikes were presented in total. Helen presented 23 bikes to Sutton Park students; and an additional five bikes were presented to children from Southern Cross Campus and Mangere Central schools as nominated by Time to Thrive Trust, as selected by fellow cycle challenge participants and fundraisers Paul and Rachael Speedy.
MC: Simon Dallow
We were also lucky enough to have Maori Television come along to this presentation. You can see footage from the day, here.
Location: St Pius X School
Details: Helen presented 23 bikes. 10 bikes were presented to St Pius students; five bikes were presented to Pt England School students; four bikes were presented to Glenbrae School students; and four bikes were presented to Glen Taylor School students.
MC: Antonia Prebble
Location: Park Estate School, 11.30am
Details: Helen presented 23 bikes. 16 bikes were presented to Park Estate students; four bikes were presented to Rosehill School students; and three bikes were presented to Kelvin Rd School students.
MC: Simon Dallow
Through the Bikes for Kids programme, Variety provides hundreds of deserving or disadvantaged Kiwi kids with bikes of their very own each year.
Recipients of the bikes have been nominated by people in the community – mainly their teachers – who outlined reasons each child deserves a bike.