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This year I finally achieved my goal of donating a bike to the Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast. All of the gifts and money donated at this annual breakfast go to the Lower Mainland’s Christmas Bureau, which works to make sure even the neediest kids have a good Christmas.
Imagine my happy surprise when I arrived with my one little bike, to find what looked like a MOB of people bringing shiny new bikes! For once, I was happy to be completely outdone. I have been going to these events for years, and I can tell you that there have never been even CLOSE to this many bikes.
Dominion Lending Centres made it Happen
Dominion has been working for weeks on their BIKES FOR KIDS program. With the support of many volunteers and CAPS Westwood, what looked like dozens, if not hundreds, of bikes were donated for needy kids. The motto of Bikes for Kids is HELP GIVE KIDS THE JOY OF THEIR FIRST BIKE.
CAPS Westwood Cycle helped make it Happen
CAPS Westwood Cycle gave special pricing to everyone who purchased a bike for the Christmas Bureau through Dominion Lending Centres. CAPS Westwood Cycle threw in a $75 accessory package that included a helmet, a lock and a kickstand. CAPS Westwood Cycle said: “Together we are giving needy children the joy and independence of a brand new Quality Bicycle, fully assembled, fully serviced by our Professional Bicycle Service Team.”
Williams Moving and Storage got all those Bikes to the Christmas Bureau
Local company Williams Moving and Storage (where Mrs. Average Joe Cyclist just happens to work) donated trucks, people, and time to make sure that all the gifts, including the bikes, got to the Christmas Bureau. Williams gives this support to the Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast every year.
Way to go Dominion Lending Centres, CAPS Westwood Cycle, and Williams Moving!
What a wonderful contribution they have made: so many children will be the happy recipients of a beautiful new bike on Christmas day. AND this will all contribute towards building a stronger bike culture and a future in which cycling is safer for all, because more people cycle.
A virtuous cycle indeed!
P.S. I saw Steve Darling, Santa, and the very talented Good Noise Gospel Choir at the event – I took a video and posted it on my YouTube channel.