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Local nonprofit onbikes to Donate 500 Bikes to Eckerd Foster Children this Holiday Season

Tampa-based non-profit organization onbikes is partnering with Eckerd Community Alternatives to donate 500 new bicycles and helmets to children in foster care in the Tampa Bay area.  The mission of onbikes is to restore the self-confidence, health and overall well-being of at-risk children in the community by providing these children with bicycles. onbikes presents an annual Winter Wonder Ride, now in its fourth year, in Tampa to raise money to purchase the bicycles and helmets.

The 4th Annual Winter Wonder Ride takes place December 13, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 10:30 pm and includes a scenic bike ride starting at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, through the heart of downtown, along the waters of Bayshore and back again.  The ride is followed by a festive celebration featuring food from local vendors and entertainment.  To register, or for more information, visit www.onbikes.org

Volunteers from onbikes will gather at a marathon 24-hour Bike Build event on December 5 to assemble the bikes and get them ready to be distributed to the children before Christmas.  The media is invited to cover the event and talk with Eckerd and onbikes about the partnership and what it means for Tampa Bay area foster youth. Editor’s Note: There is opportunity for visuals, including 500 bikes being assembled.

The bicycles will be distributed at a series of events in December.  In Pasco County, the bicycle distribution event is hosted by the Shops at Wiregrass and will take place on December 20.  In Hillsborough County, the distribution event is hosted by the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena and will take place on December 20. In Pinellas County, the distribution event will take place on December 21 at the Eckerd Community Alternatives offices, located at 8550 Ulmerton Road. Additional details about the distribution events will be  announced soon.

Details on the 24-hour Bike Build

WHAT:              onbikes volunteers gather to assemble 500 bicycles that will be donated to children in foster care in the Tampa Bay area.

WHEN:             Noon Friday, December 5, 2014 to noon Saturday, December 6, 2014

WHERE:           1725 E Fowler Avenue, Tampa, 33612

WHO:               onbikes Board members; Eckerd Community Alternatives representatives, dozens of community volunteers.

 

About onbikes: onbikes is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 when a group of friends organized a community bike ride during the winter holiday season to raise funds so at-risk kids could receive their very first bike.  The mission of onbikes is to restore the self-confidence, health and overall well-being of at-risk children in the community by providing these children with bicycles. They strive to make onbikes a lifestyle, not just an organization. It is their hope that each life they touch picks up their “giving is better than receiving” philosophy, and they are committed to serving the community around them. onbikes will positively impact the children, families, and communities in which they live. To learn more, visit onbikes.org.