Nanaimo Youth Services Association customers riding high with Bikes for Kids – Nanaimo News Bulletin

Nanaimo Youth Services Association customers can start riding after donating 40 bikes from the Bikes for Kids program.

Bikes for Kids involves mortgage brokers from Team Nowik, partners such as Coal City Cycles and the Nanaimo RCMP, and volunteers who team up to collect bikes.

The group made a special delivery to the Bastion Street headquarters of the Youth Services Association on Thursday, March 10. Amy Worth, the charity’s director of development and communications, said the donation would be a boon to clients, many of whom have been in foster care.

“A lot of young people we work with have barriers to getting a job,” she said. “Very typically, transportation is one of the biggest barriers they face and so for them it’s their mobility, it’s their chance to get to work and go to school, to be able to having the freedom that the rest of us have and maybe take for granted.

The Nanaimo Brain Injury Society also made a delivery, which brought bicycle helmets as part of its Helmets for Kids initiative. Adrienne Bennest, education and community liaison manager, said the company was happy to help.

“It’s a great cause that we love to support,” Bennest said.

Greg Nowik, co-organizer, said the COVID-19 pandemic has hampered the program, but things are starting to pick up.

“The big thing we’re looking for now is community support,” Nowik said. “If anyone has a bike and wants to drop it off please call us at the office and we’ll be happy to take it. My office looks like a bike shed right now. If we have someone there- low who wants to help fix bikes… it’s essential.

The program has seen a total of 1,500 donated bikes, with 400 bikes expected to be delivered in 2022, Nowik said.

For more information about the program, contact Mel Huggins at 250-758-5524 ext. 7, or go to www.novikmortgage.ca/bikes-for-kids-community.


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