Bicycle Network: Volunteers
Smiles all round
Glennys Jones is an enthusiastic, skilled and dedicated Volunteer with the Ride2School program, most recently assisting with Bike Ed sessions at Malvern Valley Primary School in May 2012.
Special thanks to Glennys for her recent support at Malvern Valley Primary School.
Glennys stepped in at the last minute to help with several Bike Ed sessions to ensure the Year 4 students completed their training, which is an integral part of the school’s philosophy.
On National Ride2School Day this year, 64% of students travelled actively to school, which was a fantastic achievement.
Ride2School Volunteers were out in full force for the O'Hea Street Bike Handout, co-ordinated by Moreland BUG on Saturday 28 of May, 2011. Dedicated volunteer of the Ride2School program, Glennys Jones, along with five Ride2School Volunteers enthusiastically supported the Moreland BUG deliver 500 bikes to Moreland residents.
Glennys was hard at work assembling bikes for the lucky recipients, but notes below a few particularly heart warming accounts:
- I convinced a Mum and Dad to let their 10 year old daughter take over the construction of her new bike and she beamed with satisfaction having completed the tasks. She struggled to get on the bike so I showed her how to angle the bike and throw the leg over. Mum and Dad had so many questions and the Mum was actually writing notes. I asked their daughter if she thought she might be able to ride to school on her new bike. This was a new concept and the mum realised it was possible. The potential health benefits of riding a bike could be life-changing to this family and I hope that her new bike motivates the family to become more active.
- I helped a dad with his bike and numerous questions; he subsequently confided that this was his first bike ever and that he was motivated to learn to ride so he can ride with his son.
- I assisted a couple with their bike assembly. Their three children all have bikes and were very excited that mum and dad have bikes too so they can go for family rides.
- Mums were well represented too, many of them haven’t ridden since they were kids and had lots of questions about using gears.
"I’m totally exhausted today and my fingertips are numb from adjusting quick releases, but it was great to have the opportunity of being involved in this life-changing project!"
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