Joy as kids get bikes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

The smile on Chase Rickit’s face said it all.

The Whitby young­ster was the re­cip­i­ent of a new bike re­cently, the cul­mi­na­tion of a team-build­ing ex­er­cise car­ried out by Cortell NZ Ltd.

The five chil­dren cho­sen from Heart New Zealand’s data­base for the oc­ca­sion all have heart de­fects. Their par­ents were sworn to se­crecy and HNZ fam­ily sup­port worker Denise New­ton said the kids were ‘‘over the moon’’ when their bikes were un­veiled at the Mart­in­bor­ough.

The team- build­ing ex­er­cise in­volved Cortell em­ploy­ees who were tak­ing part in an event put on by Cor­po­rate Chal­lenge, sourc­ing the bike parts and then build­ing it. Safety checks were car­ried out af­ter the bikes were put to­gether.

Ms New­ton said Chase’s face lit up when he re­ceived his new bike.

‘‘It was all his, he didn’t have to share it with any­one.’’

cer­e­mony

in

Photo sup­plied.

All smiles: Chase Rickit, sec­ond from

left, on his bike, with the

other re­cip­i­ents, their par­ents, and

Cortell em­ploy­ees in

Mart­in­bor­ough last

month.

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