Thank you for the tremendous gift of 61 new bicycles, which we distributed to 61 children, youth, and teens whose families were not able to provide bicycles for their children. The bicycles were distributed at holiday gatherings presented by our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Program and Families and Schools Together (FAST) Program, when children came for their counseling sessions, or by Santa Claus (aka parents/caregivers who picked up the bicycles to hide them until their holiday time observance). READ MORE
Internationally touring recording artist and singer-songwriter Kyle Vincent will present a solo acoustic concert as a benefit for the Tri-Valley chapter of Turning Wheels for Kids on Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m.
A native of Berkeley, CA, currently residing in New England, Kyle frequently tours in England, Japan, and throughout the United States. Kyle has had a Billboard charting single, had his songs in movies, on T.V., and released 10 albums. This very special concert will be part of his current West Coast mini tour.
Kyle began his musical journey playing alto saxophone in the renowned Berkeley schools jazz program. He was the opening act for Barry Manilow’s entire Greatest Hits tour, had a stint as lead singer for The Bay City Rollers, and has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the music business. Kyle’s environmental call-to-arms, “Sierra” was adopted by the Sierra Club, John Denver’s Windstar Foundation, and UNESCO’s New Songs For Peace. He has also performed the National Anthem at several San Francisco Giants games!
The Tri-Valley Chapter of Turning Wheels for Kids is in its second year of raising funds to purchase, assemble, and donate bicycles to underprivileged children who would otherwise not have a bike. This past December, the Tri-Valley Chapter provided nearly 500 new bikes to children in the Tri-Valley and Hayward/Castro Valley Areas, as well as putting on a free bike repair day for children in Livermore, and looks to increase its contributions to the community.
Last fall, Kyle was considering performing as part of the concert series of First Presbyterian Church of Livermore. In looking at various charities the church works with, Kyle recognized that he shares a common interest in bikes and kids with Turning Wheels for Kids, and he immediately knew he wanted to have all proceeds of his concert benefit TWFK. “Putting it simply, I think every kid should have a bike. There really should be a law!” said Kyle.
This afternoon of music will be held in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, corner of 4th and L Streets, Livermore, at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 2013. The free will donations will benefit the Tri-Valley Chapter of Turning Wheels for kids, suggested minimum donation $10, $5 for students and children, and $25 for a family.
An Afternoon with Singer-Songwriter Kyle Vincent, April 7, 4pm – a benefit concert for Turning Wheels For Kids
In this solo acoustic show, Kyle will tell stories and sing songs on the guitar and piano about life, love, and the world around us. Kyle is a Contemporary singer-songwriter whose influences are based in 60’s and 70’s pop, rock & soul. A native of Berkeley, CA, residing outside Amherst, MA, Kyle is a former Hollywood Records recording artist with a Billboard and R&R Top 20 Adult Contemporary hit, who frequently tours inEngland, Japan, and throughout the United States. Note: Suggested minimum donation of $10 per person, $5 for children/students, and $25 for a family. **
Check out www.kylevincent.com for more info!
Everybody remembers their first bicycle – from the way it gleaned in the sun, the first fall when learning to ride and, finally, the triumphant feel of riding on your own. Receiving that first set of wheels is often your first taste of freedom.
“My first bike was blue with yellow wheels,” said 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. “That was the bike I started learning how to ride a bike on, and I just remember crashing a lot back in Turlock where I grew up.”
Kaepernick, along with a dozen other 49ers players took a ride down memory lane on Monday morning as they helped assemble 49 brand new bikes for underprivileged boys and girls and foster children in the Bay Area.
“We are building bikes at our annual Holiday Bike Build with UnitedHealthcare, TurningWheels for Kids, and PODS,” said Maggie Cuneo from 49ers Community Relations. “Tomorrow we’ll be revealing 49 bikes to the Bill Wilson Center’s foster care program and Quetzal House. All of these bikes are going to children who may not have ever owned a bike before and have never even ridden one. They lead itinerant lives and now they’re going to have something to call their own and take wherever they may go.” [read more]
Something extraordinary happened today. TWFK’s first expansion group, Livermore TWFK, held their first Big Bike Build! It was fun, energizing, creative (some great improvements), and most of all, successful ~ 500 bikes out today to local Livermore area kids!
It took a lot of work and just as much faith that it could happen. And it did! What did Nancy and I (Sue) love most today? That a group of people came together and said, lets do something important. Let’s make a difference.
And they did!! WOW!!!
I was touched by this email that Patt sent out when she arrived home after a crazy, busy, tiring day!
After unloading my car (and before a glass of wine); I stopped to say a prayer thanking the Lord for allowing me to be involved with such an unselfish, generous and energetic group of individuals. Your openheartedness will be reflected in the eyes and smiles of 498 children.
The 2nd part of my prayer was to ask that all of you and your families enjoy good health and a Christmas that reflects your big hearts.
There was a time when I believed that it was the movers and shakers that could make a difference. It was the people who could do something grand, BIG, important ~ those were the people who could make a difference that mattered, that was notable! And that wasn’t me! And then one day, a light went on and I realized, I can make a difference! I may not be able to do something grand, BIG, important by the worlds standards but I can react and behave in a way that creates a positive outcome for someone else ~ someone besides me, myself and I!
While we all have been building TurningWheels For Kids, I have learned something so valuable. The children we serve live within families that are challenged ~ financially and emotionally! There are stories! And a simple gift, a rite-of-passage, number one requested and dreamed about gift, a bike, was out of reach for these kids! Or is it?
One little boy, when given the opportunity to dream BIG, his eyes briefly glistened, a smile started and then, just as quickly that light faded, he shut down and he didn’t dare utter what he really wanted, a bike! It was entirely too risky! That moment broke my heart! He didn’t even dare to DREAM!
And then I started thinking ~ we all have an opportunity! We spend money without even thinking ~ $5 bucks for a latte, $2 bucks for our favorite candy bar, $3 bucks for a frozen yogurt or ice cream cone, out to lunch with our friends $15 bucks. And then I did the math! For $9 bucks a month, money I WILL NOT MISS, I can provide a bike and a helmet through TWFK for a local kid! That’s $.30 a day. Thirty CENTS! Can you do it? Can you step up and make a dream come true for a kid that is afraid to even dream? Just say yes! Because . . .
WHAT YOU DO MATTERS!
Today you have an opportunity to become a mover and shaker. Maybe not by the worlds standards but certainly in the eyes of a local little girl or little boy. Are you up for the challenge? Opt in for a $9 a month automatic deduction and you could be the person who makes a dream come true! I think those kids are worth it. Do you? Just hit the subscribe button and take the mover and shaker challenge. Light up a child’s world!
And beyond the amazing “feel good” you’ll have, you will also be given preferred early registration next year! So, ya see it’s true, a good deed never goes unrewarded!!
Vote for Sue as the National Honoree: November 5 – November 21 on womenofworth.com
San Jose, CA (November 5, 2012) – California resident Sue Runsvold has been honored as a Woman of Worth by L’Oréal Paris for her work with TurningWheels For Kids (TWFK), an organization that provides a brand new bike to every low-income, at-risk child that needs or wants one. Sue is one of ten honorees from across the country that will be recognized for her dedication to philanthropy and passion for making a difference in her community.
“The L’Oréal Paris family is incredibly proud to celebrate this year’s inspiring group of honorees,” said L’Oréal Paris President, Karen Fondu. “These amazing women represent our brand heritage and philosophy, “Because You’re Worth It,” by inspiring us all with their dedication and commitment to making a beautiful difference.”
Each of the incredible honorees has received $10,000 for her charitable cause and will be recognized at an awards ceremony and dinner hosted by L’Oréal Paris and Hearst Magazines on December 6th in New York City. At the event, one National Honoree, chosen via a public online vote, will be announced, and she will receive an additional $25,000 for her charity.
Public online voting for the Women of Worth National Honoree is open from today (November 5th) through November 21st on womenofworth.com. Visitors to the site can vote once per day for their favorite Woman of Worth, and the honoree with the most votes will be named National Honoree.
SUE RUNSVOLD – WOMAN OF WORTH
Raised in a low-income family, Sue dreaded the embarrassment she felt when friends asked how many presents she got for Christmas. Growing up, she vowed that her own children would never know that feeling. In 2002, however, Sue arrived at her daughter’s house for Christmas dinner and was overwhelmed by how many presents were being gifted to her grandchildren. She knew there had to be a middle ground. So, the next year, Sue began taking donations towards bikes for the local fire station toy drive, and, by 2005, her efforts had grown so large that she began TurningWheels For Kids (TWFK) to provide a brand new bike for every low-income, at-risk child that needs or wants one.
Unlike other gifting initiatives, Sue specifically focused on bikes because “everyone remembers getting their first bicycle,” she said. Not only does TWFK provide joy and fun for children who often live with uncertainty, difficulty and even a measure of fear, but TWFK has discovered that there is another side to their program that is equally important – the fight against childhood obesity. With the increase in childhood obesity over the past few decades, providing bikes, the number one requested gift by these kids, draws the children back outdoors and helps to prevent not only serious health consequences, but also self-esteem issues linked to an increase in drugs, alcohol and teen pregnancy.
Having come from a similar background with a father who spent time in prison, Sue won’t allow her bicycles to be branded TWFK because she knows what it feels like to be one of “those” kids – the recipient of a charity item – and she is diligent about keeping the parents involved and making sure they gain the accolades for the bikes.
To date, TurningWheels For Kids has purchased, built and/or distributed over 15,000 new bikes, raised more than $1 million (with 100 percent of funds used on bikes and helmets) and served more than 20,000 happy children.
“I am so honored to be chosen as a L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth,” said Sue Runsvold, L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth honoree and founder of TurningWheels For Kids. “This generous award is going to allow TWFK to continue making a positive impact in my community and beyond. It is truly a privilege to be among the company of these ten amazing women.”
Setting the bar for extraordinary philanthropic efforts, this year’s honorees support a wealth of important causes, from healthcare to education and everything in between.
WOMEN OF WORTH PROGRAM
The Women of Worth initiative, now in its seventh year, is inspired by L’Oréal Paris’ iconic brand philosophy, “Because You’re Worth It.” Since its inception, the program has recognized 70 women for their outstanding devotion to their causes, with honorees embodying the spirit of the L’Oréal Paris brand through their commitment to their communities, their selflessness and their drive to make a difference in the world.
For more information about the Women of Worth program, honoree bios and to vote for the 2012 Women of Worth National Honoree, please visit womenofworth.com.