Do you remember the freedom you felt, the confidence you gained, the pride you had when you received your first bike? The Great Bike Giveaway will help give children with special needs the same feeling you had when that shiny new bike arrived at your home.
For the forth consecutive year Friendship Circle is holding the Great Bike Giveaway, a national contest giving away adaptive bikes to children with special needs. They are partnering with Freedom Concepts, Rifton, Buddy Bike, Ambucs, Triaid,Flaghouse, Mobo Cruisers Strae Sports, the Duet and Strider Bikes to give away adaptive bikes to children and young adults with special needs.
This is the second year that I am a media sponsor for the Great Bike Giveaway. A couple of years ago, when working with a client of mine, her mother shared a video of her riding a adaptive bike in the park. This girl had cerebral palsy and was unable to ride a standard bike. The joy on her face when riding this adapted bike was priceless! We used this video as a therapeutic tool to elicit conversation via her communication system. It was an amazing session!
Why The Great Bike Giveaway?
Many children with special needs miss out on the childhood joy of bike riding because their physical or cognitive limitations make riding a bicycle near impossible. The Great Bike Giveaway will give children and young adults with special needs the chance to win an adaptive bike and have the feeling of pride, freedom and confidence that bike riding brings.
How The Contest Works
Adaptive bikes are tailored to a child’s needs. To meet the needs of the recipients in this contest, a separate contest is held for each bike type. The contest starts with two bikes of each type and money is raised to add more bikes as the contest progresses. Last year the Great Bike Giveaway ran eight different contests and gave away a total of 108 bikes! This year Friendship Circle hopes to give away 300 bikes to individuals with special needs.
Each bike page has a space where users can enter the contest. Submit a picture of your child with special needs along with a short explanation of why your child needs an adaptive bike.
Two Ways to Win
One bike in each contest will be given away to the entry with the most nominations. Nominations are received from friends and family clicking the “nominate button” on an entrants submission
All the remaining bikes will be placed in a drawing. To be eligible for the drawing each submission must be nominated by at least 50 friends and family members.
How You Can Help
Whether you have a child with special needs or not you can help more children with special needs win an adaptive bike.
1. Donate To Add More Bikes
In addition to the bikes that have been sponsored, Individuals have the ability to donate to the Great Bike Giveaway to get more bikes added. Every time the donation meter is filled another bike gets added to the drawing!
2. Share and promote
Let as many people as possible know about the opportunity to win an adaptive bike by sharing the the contest via your social networks and email. You can also check out the resources page for additional tools you can use to share the contest.
February 10th 12:00 pm
Contest begins! Photo submissions will be accepted.
March 4th 11:59 am
Contest submission deadline, no entries will be accepted after this time.
Drawing (Drawing date is tentative and subject to change) Will be held and winners will be announced.