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Enbridge presents new bikes for youth in United Way agencies

Enbridge Gas in Belleville presented new children’s bicycle’s to three United Way funded agencies – the Recreation Outreach Centre in Picton, Quinte West Youth Centre and the John Howard Society Youth Centre in Belleville.

Each came with bike pads, helmet, lock, bike pump, headlight and taillight from SportChek.

Chris Doig, Field Supervisor Utility Services and Construction with Enbridge Gas said the idea was embraced by the team. “All my team have children, so we know how important it is for them to get out and about and interact with other children. The entire team felt that this would be a good way to help initiate that.”

Ben Wadsworth, program coordinator, with the Recreation Outreach Centre in Picton said the ROC was thrilled.

“We opened it up for a draw for the kids who come to our Grade 7-8 night, and had all sorts of kids put their names in. They worked extra hard to get their names in, obeying the rules, helping out, being co-operative and encouraging. We did a draw and the recipient was thrilled so we’re excited.”

Wadsworth also noted the importance of outdoor activities.

“We see lots of barriers with transportation, so being able to get somewhere on your own, is huge. He can get around anywhere he wants to go now, and in Picton, it’s a small community so, it eliminates that barrier and brings a little more freedom.”

Peter Gabriel, Youth Coordinator with the John Howard Society Youth Centre offered kudos to the donation noting “community around us that says we just want to give back to the youth of this community.

“Saying that, the youth in this community sometimes don’t feel like the community is embracing them. So, the more that we can get these messages out from the businesses, from our partners, from the city – to show the youth that we’re not against you, we are for you.”

Alicia Dayton, Manager, Quinte West Youth Centre, said they’re starting up a bike program for youth for the summer.

“There are lots of beautiful trails, so we’re planning on using that bike for this purpose. Our youth really need it. Many of them come from low socioeconomic status, and I know this will be very well received. “

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