Helping wheels turn for those in need
Oct 1, 2013 / 7:15 pm
Getting from point 'A' to point 'B' can sometimes be a chore too great to handle for those less fortunate in our community.
That's why, thanks to Kelowna Cycle, clients of the Kelowna Gospel Mission have been given the opportunity to experience their very own mode of transportation.
Pat Rosen, owner of Kelowna Cycle, has donated approximately 18 bicycles, including several children's bikes, to the Gospel Mission. The bikes were previously given to the shop earlier in the year, repaired and made available for those in need.
"People need bikes, it's a great form of transportation. For some people a car isn't affordable, maybe getting on the bus isn't affordable," says Rosen. "So a bike can be a very affective way for someone to get around, get groceries, find employment. Plus it is very liberating, as riding a bike is healthy, it is exhilarating and it makes you feel like a child again."
For Paul Lenny who used to walk twice a day from Rutland to Mission collecting bottles says having a bike will make his life much easier and hopefully help him to accomplish more.
"I've been on the street for a long time and I stay at the Gospel Mission and they always look after us," says Lenny about the non-profit that helped him become one of the clients to receive a donated bike.
Gerry also received a bicycle, and says he cannot afford a bus pass but is extremely grateful for his new mode of transportation.
"Sometimes we have to go a long ways, and the bike makes it a little easier to get around and get there a little faster."
Outreach Case worker, Vince Bulteel, has worked with both Gerry and Lenny for some time and says this donation from Kelowna Cycle will help them with their bottle collecting as well as getting around town.
"Some of the people that were given bikes do have health issues, physical issues, limitations, so we find the bikes make it a lot easier for those who may have arthritis in the legs or something to get around."
This is not the first time Kelowna Cycle has donated used bikes to the Mission, however this year they had a significant number to give away and wanted to ensure those in need wouldn't go without especially right before the thanksgiving holiday.
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