Join us for an evening of fun and food as we hear about the work that is being done by TurningWheels for Kids. You’ll enjoy a delicious dinner, and a silent auction with sports memorabilia from the Giants, 49ers, A’s and Sharks as well as various other gifts and items all the while helping us raise money to provide bicycles for underprivileged kids in the Tri-Valley, Hayward and San Leandro areas.
In this, our first year, we have set a goal to purchase, assemble and donate over 400 new bicycles to underprivileged children who otherwise would not have a bike. Did you know that bikes are still the number ONE requested gift by these children?
The average cost of one bike, helmet and lock is just under $100 so our goal is to raise $40,000 to pay for this year’s bikes.
When: Sat Sept 15, 2012—6:00pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church of Livermore
2020 Fifth St. Livermore, CA 94550
Cost: Dinner Tickets
$15 per person/$25 per couple/$40 per family
Source: National Geographic Kids
Facts taken from:
Bicycle: The History by David Herlihy
The World Almanac Book of Records: Firsts, Feats, Facts & Phenomena by Mark Young
When the bicycles and tricycles were stolen from a shed behind Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose about two weeks ago, P.E. teacher Brian Ward was thinking the worst about humanity.
On Wednesday, he was thinking the best.
“There’s a lot of good people out there,” he said.
Ward was talking about people who ponied up about $3,000 after they saw an NBC Bay Area report last week about the stolen bikes, and who wanted to pitch in to help. Ward thought he needed about $1,500 to replace the dozen or so adult-sized bikes and trikes used mostly by disabled and autistic children at the high school. A thief cut a lock on a shed behind the school sometime over the April 28 weekend. The bikes, Ward said previously, helped raise the students’ self esteem and were often a treat after their regular workouts.
After the news report, the donations started pouring in.
Sue Runsvold, the founder of TurningWheels for Kids in San Jose, was one of the people affected by Ward’s story.
She posed to a challenge to her Facebook friends, asking them each to donate just $5. One man sent her $500 instead. And the money kept flowing, from other sources as well.
TurningWheels For Kids is able to get bicycles for about half price, and Runsvold said she’ll be able to sell about 15 bikes to Ward for about $120 a bike. Her group’s mission is to make sure deserving children, especially disabled ones, get bicycles.
On Wednesday, Runsvold was overseeing a project to give about a dozen tricycles to Cesar Chavez Elementary School in San Jose, so their children could have something fun to ride on at school.
Ward is expecting the delivery of the bicycles soon, as soon as he can figure out how to better lock them up. And he’s hoping he’ll have enough money to buy more for other schools in the East Side Union High School District.
“This is more than I anticipated,” Ward said. “I’m hoping to spread the program to other schools.”
Submit your “My First Bike” story and let others know why it’s so important for a child to have that precious first bike memory… email your video to: Videos@TurningWheelsForKids.org (Please limit your video to no more than 2 minutes!)
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