Underprivileged children were presented with brand new bicycles at Melbourne Arena on Tuesday 9th October, an initiative forming part of our organisation’s strategic imperative to generate benefits and give back to the Victorian community. The momentous occasion for most of the children who have never owned a bike before, was made even more special by sharing in the afternoon celebrated with fun around the arena’s concourse.
A record-number of Melbourne & Olympic Parks staff members also generously donated their time to help Variety construct the 120 bikes, racing against the clock to get them completed by the time the children arrived.
The smiles and contagious excitement of each child as they receive a special gift of their own and happy experience that many of us take for granted in our own childhood, was invaluable to see.
Senator Derryn Hinch, the Variety Bikes4Kids Ambassador, and Variety Victoria’s Chair, Paul Manning, addressed the crowd as well as meeting some of the children and their families.
Special thanks to Melbourne Arena’s Hayley Irvine and members of the operations team, also Kelly Spratt and the car parking team and Delaware North Catering for support. Along with each and every one of the staff members from M&OP and our business partners who volunteered.
Variety the Children’s Charity is a national not for profit organisation advocating for children living with illness, special needs or disadvantage to reach their full potential regardless of ability or background.
The Bikes4Kids program means that children don’t miss out on the opportunity to own a bicycle and share the same benefits as their peers; sense of pride, opportunity to play, transport to school, and staying healthy and active.
For more photos please see Variety’s Facebook Album here