Friends of Adaptive Recreation (FAR) has joined the Great Bike Giveaway
Every kid deserves to go on a bike ride. For kids with disabilities, especially mobility impairments, this is not an easy task.
FAR is trying to raise funds for The Duet, a Wheelchair Bicycle Tandem, which accommodates individuals from ages 2 to 99+. The front of the bike is a wheelchair seat and the back is a tandem bike for the person pedaling. Normal retail price is $5,345 but by entering the Great Bike Giveaway we can save $675 and get the bike for $4,670.
FAR’s vision is to provide individuals of all abilities with opportunities to participate in recreation and leisure programs, which enhance their quality of life and independence; and foster respect for and acceptance of diversity within the community.
The initial plan was to raise funds to buy the bike and use it for Adaptive Recreation Summer Camp run by Loudoun County Parks and Recreation. That would mean the bike would only be used for 6 weeks in the summer, so the FAR Board is planning to offer the bike to residents for a small rental fee through Parks and Recreation. The bike will be housed in Leesburg by available to borrow by county residents.
“I remember a friend was scrambling to find a bike her son could use to join with his Boy Scout troop on the bike trail,” said Jen Reese, FAR Secretary. “They asked the community and all over social media to see if someone locally had one of these duet bikes to borrow and no luck.”
The fundraising programs runs through March 25th so we have about 40 days to fundraise.
“We need about $117 a day during this program to meet our goal,” Reese said. “We’ve received generous donations in the past that have gone to scholarships for participants or equipment like an adult sized changing table. Now I’m hoping we’re able to raise enough for this amazing bike.”
All donations are greatly appreciated. If you have, questions email Jen Reese firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like information about Adaptive Recreation in Loudoun County please go to https://www.loudoun.gov/1185/Adaptive-Recreation
Every kid deserves to go on a bike ride. For kids with disabilities, especially mobility impairments, this is not an easy task. Friends of Adaptive Recreation (FAR) is trying to raise funds for The Duet, for kids to ride at summer camp and to set up a loaner program for others to borrow the bike throughout the year.