Gifts give children the joy of riding

Treasured gifts: Children at Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections Vacation Care enjoy their new bikes, scooters, helmets and knee pads. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Treasured gifts: Children at Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections Vacation Care enjoy their new bikes, scooters, helmets and knee pads. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

CHILDREN at Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections Vacation Care were treated to a truckload of new bikes, scooters and safety gear last week.

More than 30 staff members from Sydney business Websense delivered the goods to the centre on Thursday.

The company made the donation after hearing the children would not be visiting the local bike tracks because they couldn't afford the equipment.

Liverpool Neighbour Connections community development manager Pat Hall said the centre was a non-profit organisation that runs 65 weekly programs as well as school holiday vacation care, at Warwick Farm.

"We are so grateful and we will now be able to take kids out in shifts to ride the bikes in the park behind us and we can take them to safety cycle tracks on excursions," Mrs Hall said.

"One young boy, who is six years old, had never ridden a bike in his life and he was so excited to learn on the day.

"The kids had big smiles on their faces. We struggled to get them off at the end of the day."

Mrs Hall said the partnership with Websense began after two children, and their mother, visited the centre.

"The Sydney Community Foundation funds a young girls' group, called The First Seeds, and they visited the centre last school holidays," she said.

"One of the ladies brought her two children with them and donated toys and books and a bike.

"A vacation care worker said to the children that the donation was fantastic because a lot of the kids at the centre don't have pushbikes.

"The two children told their dad and he organised for Websense to have a team building day and they supplied us with 10 bikes, eight scooters as well as helmets and protective clothing.

Details: Liverpool Neighbourhood Connection, 9600 0600.

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