Changing Lives...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 resonates even further than you could imagine.
While we know there are cheaper bikes on the market, we think kids deserve the best for safety and self-esteem.
That's what we purchase quality bikes from our supplier to make sure kids can enjoy their bikes for years to come.
Built for durability, in time, these bikes can even be passed on to siblings or friends.
Variety Bikes for Kids are selected and assembled with the care we show to kids.
Australian government health guidelines recommend kids 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 extra curricular activities. Owning a bike encourages exercise and builds healthy habits that can last a lifetime!
MENTAL HEALTH & LEARNING
The benefits of owning a bike aren't just physical! Did you know bike riding also increases mental health and learning development particularly for children who would otherwise miss out? 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.
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