3 weeks ago I got a call that the storage container at Erwin Middle had been broken into and that bikes were stolen. Once the dust settled, we found that more than 30 of the fleet of 40 bikes had been stolen.
This bike club, started with a grant from Healthy Buncombe, in conjunction with Liberty Bikes, and some key individuals: Tracey Armstrong and Tracy Malone, was just about to start it’s 9th year of serving the kids at Erwin Middle and Eblen Intermediate.
Each week, 2 days per week, during the school year, anywhere from 15-20 kids gather, with the help of a great crew of volunteers gathers for an opportunity that they would not otherwise have. Kids excitedly fit helmets, check bikes for safety and then ride around trails on campus, learning bike handling skills and gaining confidence that will help them down the road in life.
Bike clubs are such an amazing and simple way to provide life changing, positive experiences for the youth in our communities.
But now, due to the pillaging of the Erwin bike fleet, this opportunity is at risk of being lost.
You can probably guess what is coming next: We need your help.
Here are some easy ways for you to help:
- Donate funds so we can purchase new bikes- Click Here to Donate.
- Donate used bikes/parts/gear at The Bicycle Thrift Shop All donations are sold and funds raised contribute to the program.
- Spread the word and help us raise the funds needed to restore the fleet.
If you have any questions or concerns (or leads in the theft) contact Stephen: email@example.com or 828-777-1022
Thanks for your time and support. I am blessed to work in such an amazing community which cares about the future of our youth!