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Sun Youth’s bike drive had humble beginnings

Twenty-nine years ago, an anonymous donor know only as Bike Man or Mr. Spokes approached Sun Youth to see how he could help highlight the positive contribution of children to our society, knowing that a lot of good deeds performed by youth everyday go unnoticed.

From his childhood in a very modest immigrant family, this donor remembered the joy he felt when he received his first bicycle. It wasn’t a new bike, but it was his own.

Several years later, now a successful businessman (with enough money to buy the bicycle factory if he wanted to), he thought that his birthday would be the perfect opportunity to show the world that exceptional youths can be role models for their peers. For him, what better way to reward these amazing children than with a brand new bike, especially since his birthday falls in the spring. The smile on their faces when being presented with a new bike would also be the perfect birthday gift for him. What else can you give someone that has everything?

Sun Youth is looking for young deserving candidates between the ages of 2 and 17 years old to be rewarded with a brand new bike, a safety helmet and a bike lock. The search is on for children whose actions have had positive impact on their community or young people who have shown extraordinary courage when facing exceptional circumstances.

Sun Youth would like to receive, in writing, the following information: The name of the child, their age, a little family background and the reason you feel that person merits a new bike. Sun Youth needs your name and telephone number so they may contact you for further information and the name and phone number of someone else that could provide additional information.

Please send all submissions to: Sun Youth – Bicycle Committee, 4251, St-Urbain, Montreal, QC., H2W 1V6, by fax: (514) 842-5241 or email: bicyclettebike@sunyouthorg.com. Names of candidates can be submitted no later than March 31. There is also a special application form available on the Sun Youth webpage.

Got pennies? Don’t despair because there are extra, mostly useless pennies rattling around your wallet or the jar beside the couch. Sun Youth can use the coins to supplement funds for their food bank: Bring your pennies to 4251 St. Urbain in Montreal. You don’t even have roll them and receipts are offered for donations of more than $20.

Sun Youth's Eric Kingsley making sure everything is in order before last year's New Bike Giveaway at Sun Youth, where 71 deserving children were honoured. (Photo: Nicolas Carpentier)

Sun Youth’s Eric Kingsley making sure everything is in order before last year’s New Bike Giveaway at Sun Youth, where 71 deserving children were honoured. (Photo: Nicolas Carpentier)

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