Bikes for Kids Utah providing 1,000 new bicycles

By BikeRadar | Monday, May 19, 2008 5.57pm

Bikes for Kids Utah announced that the Sorenson Legacy Foundation has donated US$40,000 to help provide new bicycles for 1,000 underprivileged third graders during Bikes for Kids Utah's annual bicycle giveaway.

"Bicycles give children the chance to exercise, learn about safety, develop great skills and just have fun," said Joe Sorenson, trustee of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. "We are delighted with this unique opportunity to enrich the lives of kids in our community."

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On Saturday, May 31, Bikes for Kids Utah will give new bicycles and helmets to 1,000 pre-qualified third graders from the Boys & Girls Clubs in Salt Lake, South Valley and Weber Counties. Also receiving bikes will be third graders from Bennion, Franklin, Heartland, Lincoln, Majestic, Moss, Plymouth, Riley, Sandy, McMillan, Liberty, Grant, Guadalupe and Washington elementary schools.

"We are very grateful to the Sorenson Legacy Foundation for its generous contribution, which will help bring smiles to a thousand Utah children," said Debbie Reid, founder and director of Bikes for Kids Utah. "Summer is just around the corner, and with a brand-new bike, these children will have a new reason to spend time outdoors engaged in healthy physical activity."

Each year, Bikes for Kids Utah relies on contributions from individuals, organizations and businesses to purchase bikes and necessary safety equipment for children. The organization holds fundraising events throughout the year, including fundraising bicycle rides on the day of the bike giveaway. Every contribution goes a long way: a donation of US$50 can buy a bicycle, helmet, lock and Bikes for Kids Utah shirt for one child, while a US$5 donation can buy one bike helmet for a child.

To donate or volunteer with Bikes for Kids Utah, or for more information about the May 31 bicycle giveaway and associated fundraising bicycle events, visit www.bikesforkidsutah.org.

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