• Cindy Gilroy

Cycle of Giving Makes a Difference

Cindy cuts the chain to get the Cycle of Giving started. Pictured with at left WRENCH’s Managing Director Pat Krawec and at right Educational Director Geoff Heath.

I am always inspired by the generosity of Daniel McIntyre. You don’t have to travel far to find people giving freely of their time, energy, and enthusiasm to make improvements to our community.

Once again Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub’s (WRENCH) Cycle of Giving bike building marathon, held at the Valour Community Centre Orioles site on Burnell Street, was a tremendous success. In a 24-hour period, from Dec. 1 to 2, over 300 volunteers worked in teams to repair 481 bikes for kids in need this Christmas. In addition, 300 safety helmets were provided.

WRENCH is a non-profit that works year-round to build, repair and maintain bikes and make them accessible to the community. I was honoured to take part by cutting the chain to help kick off this year’s event and provide some food for the volunteers.  

"It’s a Christmas miracle — we are a city filled with handy and helpful folks, that so enthusiastically come out each year," said Pat Krawec, WRENCH’s managing director.

Most of the bikes are recovered through a partnership with Winnipeg’s recycling 4R Depots. Krawec estimates that over eight years Cycle of Giving has repaired more than 2,400 children’s bikes, reused over 20,000 kilograms of material, and put $300,000 worth of equipment back to use in the community.  

WRENCH partners with schools, daycares, and youth service organizations like Rossbrook House and IRCOM (Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba) to identify kids who need them. 

I am sure we all share memories of our first bike and how much it meant to us. Having a bike can have huge impact on a child’s life.  

"It’s amazing that one little thing can give them a sense of belonging, the joy of exploration, and open up a world of possibilities.  It can introduce a healthy and active lifestyle,  improve mental health outcomes, and help develop habits that are beneficial for a lifetime," explained Krawec.

Thanks to all the volunteers and supporters involved with WRENCH’s Cycle of Giving 2018 making a difference in children’s lives and inspiring us all.  If you would like to donate, volunteer or learn more visit thewrench.ca

Wishing you and your family health and happiness this holiday season and best wishes for the New Year!

(204) 986-5951

cgilroy@winnipeg.ca

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