A few weeks ago, we told you about a group of young girls and their families who were inspired by the impact two wheels has on people just like them throughout the world. “Girls on the Go” hosted their inaugural event on April 7, nearly $5,000 to support World Bicycle Relief and reaching 60 attendees!
Primarily inviting the families of first and second grade girls for a bike parade through the neighborhood, Girls on the Go also reached out to a local high school to request volunteers, and invited their neighbors’ participation, educating as many as possible about the Power of Bicycles. On the day of the event, students, families and volunteers alike gathered to decorate bikes, scooters, roller skates and even strollers and paraded through the neighborhood. Following the parade, kids played in a bouncy house, volunteers worked hard to load up bikes, and parents and friends discussed the ‘why’ of the event.
“Introducing my daughters to the joy of giving has been the greatest gift. At first they were not clear why we would give others a new bike when they wanted one. It was then I realized that they didn’t really understand that other people in the world, people just like us, weren’t living just like us. Once they understood, they were eager to help. Having the bike parade allowed them to see that you don’t have to have a certain Û÷kind’ of fundraiser, that you don’t have to be an adult, that you don’t have to know thousands of people or do something elaborate. It can be as simple as you want it to be and that the most important thing is to do something, anything.”
Congratulations on hosting such a fantastic event! Thank you to ‘Girls on the Go’ for all your amazing work.