16 Aug 2018

Together with Variety – the Children’s Charity, Zurich New Zealand presented 15 deserving Colwill School students with bikes of their very own on Tuesday.

Having lent a helping hand at the school over the past few years through Variety’s corporate volunteering programme, Variety at Work, it was only fitting for Zurich to provide some of the students with bikes of their very own, says operations manager, Sarah Latch.

“This is the third year in a row that Zurich team members have been involved with Colwill School. We have been fortunate to be able to come back and see the spaces we have previously worked on, how they are used, and see the children welcoming us back into their school – this time for us to make and present bikes.”

Lorraine Taylor, Variety’s chief executive officer, says it is fantastic to see generous New Zealanders make such a significant impact on children in communities across the country.

“Having a bike is something many Kiwi kids are fortunate enough to own, but sadly, this is not the case for everyone,” she says.

“Each bike we are able to present gives one Kiwi kid the chance to learn a new skill, gain independence and enjoy time outdoors. It really is a luxury we aim to see more Kiwi kids enjoy.”

Taylor adds that the support from Zurich over the years has been incredible.

“It has been really fantastic for us to see such a strong relationship being built between Zurich and Colwill School,” she says.

The Zurich team spent the morning building the bikes at the school as part of a team building exercise before presenting them to their new owners.

The presentation was MC’d by popular broadcaster and Variety vice patron Simon Dallow.

Through its Bikes for Kids programme, Variety provides hundreds of deserving or disadvantaged Kiwi kids with bikes of their very own each year.