Happy with new bikes

Rotorua Weekender - - Front Page - Shauni James

Chil­dren’s faces lit up this week as shiny new wheels for them to en­joy the Red­woods and other cy­cle rides were gifted to them.

The bikes were donated to STAND Mid­land, based in Ro­torua, as part of the Bi­cy­cle Re­cy­cle ini­tia­tive, which asked peo­ple to drop their old bikes to Moun­tain Bike Ro­torua so they could get fixed up and passed on.

Stand for Chil­dren is a na­tional ser­vice, with the Mid­land site one of seven sites, and Mid­land hav­ing one of the five res­i­den­tial chil­dren’s vil­lages in the coun­try.

STAND Mid­land re­gional man­ager Toni Hoc­quard says it pro­vides a res­i­den­tial and com­mu­nity ser­vice for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, and works with chil­dren who have ex­pe­ri­enced trauma.

The chil­dren stay with them for about five weeks, and the en­vi­ron­ment is fo­cused on be­ing child-friendly and sup­port­ing chil­dren and their fam­i­lies to grow and de­velop.

It pro­vides for chil­dren and fam­i­lies liv­ing in the cen­tral North Is­land, in­clud­ing Ro­torua, the Coro­man­del, Tau­marunui, Oha¯ kune, Hamilton, Whakata¯ ne Taupo¯ , Tau­ranga.

Toni says it feels won­der­ful to re­ceive the bikes.

She says they had some bikes donated to them some years ago, but the chil­dren used them so much they were fall­ing apart.

“Of­ten our chil­dren live in homes where there isn’t a lot of money.

“The op­por­tu­nity for our kids to have ac­cess to bikes is great, and it’s also the op­por­tu­nity of be­ing just across the road from the Red­woods — we take them there.

“It pro­motes well­be­ing and health.

“You ride off a lot of stress and ten­sion.”

Toni says STAND Mid­land is grate­ful for the sup­port of the com­mu­nity and the work that went into fix­ing up the bikes.

A lot of the work STAND does could not be done with­out the sup­port of the com­mu­nity.

Toni says STAND works on prin­ci­ples for be­long­ing and ges­tures like this help the chil­dren to feel that peo­ple — who they do not even know care. “That is spe­cial for the chil­dren we work with.

“We also work on gen­eros­ity, and this is our chil­dren see­ing gen­eros­ity in ac­tion which helps them de­velop it as well.

“We like to give the chil­dren as many ex­pe­ri­ences as we can.

“The more op­por­tu­ni­ties we of­fer them the more they can grow and de­velop.”

Moun­tain Bike Ro­torua’s se­nior guide Mar­cello Oje­rio told the chil­dren it was a real plea­sure to fix the bikes up for them.

“It was fun for me fix­ing up bikes to give to you guys.

“It’s a great way for the com­mu­nity to get rid of bikes they do not use. Thank you for ac­cept­ing them.”

Photo / Stephen Parker

Chil­dren stay­ing at STAND Mid­land (front) try out their donated bikes with (from left) Moun­tain Bike Ro­torua co-owner Tak Mutu, STAND Mid­land re­gional man­ager Toni Hoc­quard and

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