Some very deserving underprivileged children will be receiving a brand new bike this holiday season.
Thursday morning at Fire Station #4, the first-ever Bikes for Kids Holiday Parade in Regina took place.
Dominion Lending Centres teamed up with Walmart Canada which donated all the bikes, helmets and locks along with United Way Regina and the Regina Public and Catholic school divisions.
The schools will use the “Attendance Matters” initiative to decide which children will receive a new bike.
Gage Huber Ambassador for Bikes for Kids with Dominion Lending Centres said Bikes for Kids has been expanding across Canada since day-one.
“Bikes for Kids was started in Vancouver in 2014, as a national initiative, in 2015 it expanded to five other cities and Regina was selected to be an official host city in 2016.”
Huber added it’s all about the freedom that comes with a bike for a child, saying it empowers kids to explore the world around them.
90 bikes were donated this year with each school division receiving 45.
The schools receiving the bikes to give to children are Kitchener Community School, Seven Stones Community School, St. Michael School and St. Augustine School.
Over the past two years, 2,500 bikes have been collected by the campaign.
This year Dominion Lending Centres’ goal is to match the donations from the previous two years.
The campaign also takes place in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.