Bike helmets, tools donated to Santa’s Workshop

Cross Canada Cycle Touring Society and Canadian Tire embraced the season of giving

Kids who receive a refurbished bicycle from Santa’s Workshop this Christmas will also receive a helmet thanks to recent donations from Canadian Tire and the Cross Canada Cycle Touring Society.

Each year, Santa’s Workshop works to refurbish approximately 200 donated bicycles and gives them to kids at Christmastime. Recently, CCCTS donated $1760 to be used for the purchase of bicycle maintenance tools and 53 new children’s cycling helmets. Canadian Tire came on board and donated $2,600 for a further 100 helmets.

Ed Fudge, CCCTS vice president and board member, says a couple of their local members volunteer to work on the bikes and noticed a lack of proper tools.

“Our members noticed that they were lacking tools and some other parts – everything from brakes to spare tires to specialized pieces of equipment that you need for bicycles,” he said. “It’s important that these bicycles are refurbished so they are in good working order before they go to the kids.”

Part of CCCTS’s mandate is to educate kids about safe cycling, and donating helmets was their way of encouraging children to start safe practices at a young age.

“Our general philosophy is the sooner that kids start cycling the better off we’ll be. It’s a skill they’ll keep for the rest of their lives,” he said. “We think starting early is a very important element and kids learning safe cycling is very important to us.”

Keith Pistell, Canadian Tire general manager, says Canadian Tire works to keep kids active, and partnering with CCCTS on this donation was a natural fit.

“There’s a lot of bikes given away each year that they refurbish, but you can’t really [refursbish] a bike helmet,” says Pistell. “It’s not necessarily something that every kid says, ‘Sweet a helmet.’ They’d rather have a remote control car or something exciting, but if you’re riding a bike, you really need to have it.”

Canadian Tire has supported Santa’s Workshop for a number of years, but this is the first year they have donated helmets.

“It’s nice to be able to do things to help take care of the community because this community’s always taken good care of us as well,” says Pistell. “A lot of those bikes that are being refurbished are old Canadian Tire bikes – who hasn’t had an old Canadian Tire bike? It just seemed like a good fit for us.”

READ MORE: Santa’s Workshop to accept donations in Courtenay beginning Nov. 5


jolene.rudisuela@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Each year, Santa’s Workshop refurbishes approximately 200 bicycles to give to kids at Christmastime. Photo submitted.

Just Posted

Local cat rescue organization hit by camera theft

“Someone is taking from an organization trying to help cats who are surviving in the wild.”

Fundraising conference, concert on deck for Comox Valley Transition Society

Women Who Inspire Conference and Concert at Filberg Centre March 1

Changes recommended for four Comox Valley schools to ease capacity

Possible measures include cross-boundary transfer closures, modular buildings

North Island College students serving up food and wine at 40 Knots

North Island College tourism and hospitality and culinary students teaming up with… Continue reading

MARS Wildlife Rescue gets help from local children

The new Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) visitor centre in Merville has… Continue reading

Pipeline dispute: Tories put no-confidence motion on House of Commons agenda

Conservatives say they have no confidence in the Trudeau government to end the rail blockades

Comox Valley Beefs & Bouquets for week of Feb. 18

More beefs to the tip-expecting server; a bouquet to BC Transit

Galchenyuk nets shootout winner as Wild edge Canucks 4-3

Vancouver tied with Calgary for second spot in NHL’s Pacific Division

Original Victoria Clipper vessel sails one last time

Vessel sold to buyers in Gabon, Central Africa

B.C.’s soda drink tax will help kids lose weight, improve health, says doctor

Dr. Tom Warshawski says studies show sugary drinks contribute to obesity

A&W employees in Ladysmith get all-inclusive vacation for 10 years of service

Kelly Frenchy, Katherine Aleck, and Muriel Jack are headed on all-expenses-paid vacations

B.C. mom’s complaint about ‘R word’ in children’s ministry email sparks review

In 2020, the ‘R’ word shouldn’t be used, Sue Robins says

Two new hybrid BC Ferries ships christened with new names in Victoria ceremony

Island Aurora and Island Discovery will service Gulf Island and North Island routes

B.C., federal ministers plead for meeting Wet’suwet’en dissidents

Scott Fraser, Carolyn Bennett says they can be in Smithers Thursday

Most Read