[TORONTO, Canada – June 7, 2019] It’s one thing to purchase a new bicycle at the store but something altogether different when you build one yourself. That’s exactly the experience that 50 children from the Toronto area were granted when they participated in the Fifth Annual Bike Build program sponsored by Mondelēz Canada on June 7. Established in 2015, the annual Mondelēz Canada Bike Build program has now provided more than 400 new bicycles to Boys & Girls Club youth in Canada.
Teaming up with Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs at 101 Spruce Street, volunteers from Mondelēz Canada served as mentors to help the children, ages six to 12, assemble their new bicycles. Part of the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs after school programs, 50 kids were given the opportunity to put everything from the wheels to the handlebars on their new high-quality bikes.
“The gift of a new bike provides so many opportunities for kids, from important physical activity to time with family and friends—it really is the gift that keeps on giving,” says Owen Charters, President & CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. “The Mondelēz Bike Build is an inspiring community-based initiative, and we are grateful to Mondelēz Canada employees for donating their time and energy to build bikes for kids at our Toronto Kiwanis Club.”
The 2019 Bike Build in Toronto coincided with Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada’s “Unplug to Connect” day, which encourages all Canadians to spend more time with friends, family and co-workers, and less time in front of their screens.
As part of the June 7th event, Pacific Cycle Inc. donated bike helmets while velofix Owner/Operator Steve Rabjohn and Technician Danny Silva performed mechanical safety checks on all the bikes for the children.
“We are not just handing these members new bikes—they are earning them. They get a sense of accomplishment and pride having built the bikes themselves,” shares Tim Bell, Manager of Children’s Services, Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs. “At our Club, 30 per cent of a young person’s day is comprised of physical activity. Receiving new bikes from Mondelēz Canada means we are able to increase our members’ physical activity and keep them moving even when they are not in our programs and that’s pretty cool.”
A component of the company’s Cool Moves program, the Mondelēz Canada Bike Build was first inspired by The Bicycle Factory initiative which encourages Canadians to build virtual bikes online that are turned into real bikes for kids in Ghana. Cool Moves encourages an appreciation for healthy active lifestyles and is currently in operation at 12 Boys and Girls Clubs in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan.
“I am proud to be part of the Bike Build program for these five years and there is nothing that compares to seeing the excitement and hearing the gratitude from the children and their families when they realize they are taking home a brand new bicycle,” explains Kim Zichy, Community Coordinator, Corporate & Government Affairs, Mondelēz Canada. “Whether it’s children riding their bikes to school for the first time or Canadian families that can now get out and exercise together, this community-based program is changing lives for the better.”
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