129 kids get gifted bikes
More than $ 60,000 worth of bicycles, helmets and locks has been distributed to Tokoroa High School students.
Olympic BMX silver medallist Sarah Walker hosted 129 Tokoroa teens at the Mystery Creek Events Centre where every student was gifted a bike, helmet and lock courtesy of Move60.
The initiative, from Coca-Cola in partnership with BikeNZ and the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD), aims to inspire 100,000 teens to get moving by 2020.
The programme is one of four commitments made by CocaCola in July 2013, to help to address the issue of obesity in New Zealand.
Tokoroa High School’s FYD co-ordinator Tony Jones said the students are still buzzing from the experience - and not just because of the bikes.
At the event, Walker unveiled a smartphone app that features bike-centric games, challenges, competitions and rewards.
‘‘It’s just like those addictive games you play on your Xbox but you have to go cycling,’’ Jones said.
The passionate teacher said his students have really taken to the app including one boy who was off school sick with liver problems.
‘‘ The excitement about the app and the bike has got him out there again.’’
To be eligible for a bike all students had to be enrolled in the FYD STARS programme, Jones said.
‘‘They had to have gone on the 24-hour survival camp at the start of the year, so they sort of earned it.’’
Tokoroa High School principal Willie Ford attended the event and said it was fantastic to see the smiles on the students’ faces.
‘‘They were all buzzing with excitement and one student said ‘it feels just like Christmas’.’’
The app is free for anyone to download and offers a platform for teens to engage in healthy and interactive competition as they clock up the kilometres.
Walker participated in a three hour session led by BikeNZ, taking the teens through road safety and skills training. To date 200 bikes have been gifted with a further 400 bikes set to be donated through FYD this year. Discussion on the Dog Control Bylaw has led to a potential change to re-homing facilities. SPCA, breeders, re-homers, pet shops etc will be required to inform South Waikato District Council about the transfer of ownership of the dogs they sell/find homes for. There was no change to prohibited areas. These are still CBDs, playgrounds and other council public facilities. The bylaw will be out for public consultation soon. The Tokoroa Memorial Sportsground was a hive of activity on March 28 for the Junior School of Zen event. The two teams from David Henry Primary School took equal first place on the day and as a result won top school. The event involved 160 primary school children in 16 teams of 10. Each competed in fun events including a bungy run, an obstacle course and ki-orahi.
Kahu Edwards gets a few tips from Olympian Sarah Walker on how to ride her new Avanti bike. Bike crazy: 129 Tokoroa High School students took away free bikes at an event hosted by Sarah Walker in Hamilton.