You Can Change a Child's Life...One Bike at a Time
With 1 in 6 Victorian children living in poverty in Victoria, simple items like bikes are out of reach for many.
The moments of joy we have all experienced when a child receives their first bike through the Variety Bikes for Kids program are magic, and this magic has more impact than you could imagine.
Whilst providing fun, freedom, independence and inclusion with their peers – the physical, emotional and mental health benefits of owning a bike are also hugely important to kids.
Australian government health guidelines recommend kids from 5 -17 should aim for at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day, including travelling to school and other activities. 55% of kids don't use an active means of transport to get to school and 80% don't meet the daily exercise recommendations, this increases with children living with disadvantage who may not have access to extracurricular activities. Owning a bike encourages exercise and builds healthy habits that can last a lifetime!
Mental Health and Learning
The benefits of owning a bike aren't just physical! Did you know bike riding also improves mental health and learning development particularly for children who would otherwise miss out. Fascinatingly, increased activity helps kids in the classroom by increasing concentration and focus.
Social connection and inclusion are important factors in emotional health. When a family living with disadvantage can't afford equipment like a bike, their kids can feel excluded from friends and classmates. A Variety bike brings fun and happiness to kids in need - sharing special times with friends and family and experiencing the freedom and independence bike riding can bring.
Choose one of the options above or enter your own special gift of your choice towards a bike for a child waiting right now.
Please give before June 30
Please give urgently today before EOFY to make a difference to a child in need who would otherwise miss out.
Thank you for supporting the Variety Bikes for Kids. With no government funding, Variety - the Children's Charity relies on the generosity of people like you. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.