The Ninth annual “Bikes for Brains” fund drive kicks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sandy Seeley   
Monday, 09 November 2009 08:33
The Ninth annual “Bikes for Brains” fund drive kicks off Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 with a news conference detailing its fundraising goal and an announcement of a local club that is donating the helmets

For the ninth year in a row, local businesses and a state agency are teaming up to ensure 100 deserving preschool children receive their holiday wish--their first bicycle—for Christmas. Over the past eight years Bike ‘N Hike, Queens’ Parlour and the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education have led the campaign to make Christmas merrier for over 100 needy children.

A bike with training wheels costs $40. Donors can buy ½ a bike… or one bike….or five.  Whatever works in this economy.

A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10th at 10:00 a.m. at Queens’ Parlour (171-19th Avenue in Moline) to outline the group’s new goal and thank a local club for donating money for 100 helmets. Last year 160 children received bikes and helmets because of generous contributions to the “Bikes for Brains” campaign. Organizers hope to raise a similar amount this year.  Available at the news conference for interviews will be the project leadership team: Regional Superintendent of Schools, Jim Widdop, Sandy Seeley of Queens’ Parlour, and Steve DePron of Bike ‘N Hike.

WHO:  “Bikes for Brains” organizers and a past recipient

WHAT:  News conference launching this year’s campaign

WHERE: Queens’ Parlour (171-19th Avenue in Moline)

WHY:  Put a smile on over 100 kids’ faces this Christmas season

The bikes will be given away to qualified recipients identified by  Head Start, the Early Childhood Centers, and Christian Friendliness on Monday, December 14th from noon to 7 PM at the Martin Luther King Center in Rock Island.

Donations can be dropped off or mailed to:

Queen’s Parlour

171-19th Avenue

Moline, IL 61265

 Donors can make check payable to:

Bikes for Brains

Here is a brief history of the campaign past eight years of success:

Year Number of Bikes & Helmets
2002 48
2003 137
2004 120
2005 100
2006 125
2007 138
2008 160
Total 828

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