Spring is in the air and with it the excitement and anticipation of getting out and about again. If you are not one of the people who cycle year round, now is probably the time when you take your bike down off the garage wall and start giving it the once over in anticipation of the wind in your face and the freedom you discover with your foot on the pedal.
We used to cycle as a family. When our eldest son came alone, he was out into the child seat on the back of my cycle and me, my husband, and our eldest daughter would jump on our bikes for the day. This changed when our oldest son grew too big for the seat, and as he has a disability, he was unable to enjoy riding. Our next son didn’t even learn to ride until he was in his teens because we stopped riding when our eldest couldn’t join in.
Fast forward a few years and here we are again. Our youngest daughter loves to go riding with mom or dad, but we can’t go riding as a family because our youngest son has a disability which prevents him riding a “regular” cycle. This gorgeous little fella is no less excited by the idea of getting out and enjoying some freedom from the saddle as the next kid, but because adaptive bikes are, generally prohibitively expensive, until now.
The Great Bike Giveaway
Friendship Circle, a non-profit organization, is determined to share this joy with numerous children with special needs who now have the very real possibility of riding their own bike one day. In just six years, over 1000 children and youth with special needs have received an adaptive tricycle through their annual giveaway.
With their motto “Every Child Deserves a Bike,” they use social media to run a fund-raising platform where families can enter their child to receive a bike. The Great Bike Giveaway is a beautiful yearly event, and it deserves our attention and support.
This Giveaway is open to children and families throughout the United States and this year, for the first time, Canada, offering them the opportunity to obtain an adaptive bike.
This year our son Gabriel is one of the children who have the opportunity to receive an adaptive bike if we can raise a proportion of the funds. This is the bike we are raising funds for:
You can find out more about the Great Bike Giveaway, and how to donate here.