Why We Exist
Albert was about as timid as you could be which made him reluctant to share his thoughts or participate with others. His lack of self-confidence was evident and influenced his school life tremendously. We had the privilege of working with Albert through our Earn-a-Bike program.
Throughout the eight weeks of our program, our facilitators were ecstatic to see this withdrawn youth open up and realize his full potential. What was first a reluctance to participate eventually became unbridled enthusiasm for getting his hands dirty & sharing his ideas. As another successful Earn-a-Bike program graduation day arrived, our participants were encouraged to try out their new bikes in the soccer field behind the school. Most were delighted for this opportunity – except Albert. Having never ridden a bike before in his life – he expressed that he would rather just walk his bike home and practice privately. With a little encouragement and riding tips from the facilitators & volunteers, Albert gathered his newfound confidence and within ten minutes was riding alongside the others – his smile as big as the soccer field.
Most people have a “First Bike” story. They can often remember the details of their first cycling experience. They know who they were with, where they were and how they felt biking for the first time. We are honoured to be a part of Albert’s first bike story.