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Bikes donated in Maple Ridge

The group paused for a photo with the donated bikes - Peter Tam
The group paused for a photo with the donated bikes
— image credit: Peter Tam

Around the beginning of April, Maple Ridge councillor Gordy Robson approached the local chapter of HUB Cycling with an idea.

Robson – who along with his wife Mary – is helping to settle two Syrian refugee families, asked if the group could provide 11 bikes for kids ages four to 16.

And the community response was “tremendous,” said HUB member Peter Tam.

“I made a call out for bike on Facebook on the Silver Valley group and other neighbourhood groups in Maple Ridge, I personally collected 12 bikes, while other HUB members Dave Rush,  Barry Bell, Jacky Chow also have collected  4-5 more bikes,” he explained.

“Our plan to present the 11 bikes to the Syrian family [has] not happened yet because the kids parents did not want the kids to have their bike until school is done,” Tam noted.

“We are currently storing about 20 extra bikes in our garages we contacted Immigrant Service Society to see if any of the new immigrant or other settling refugees would need bikes.”

As it turns out, they did, and on Saturday, April 30, “we presented them 11 bikes, at Memorial Peace Park.”

And the donations are still coming in, Tam noted.

“We are demonstrating our generous Canadian value to newcomers to demonstrate what it means to be Canadian.”

 

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