Monday, March 10, 2014

Win an adaptive bike for your child with special needs


This is the the third year The Friendship Circle is doing The Great Bike Giveway, a national contest that gets bikes into the hands (and legs) of kids with special needs. Major adaptive bike companies have contributed bikes: Buddy Bike, Rifton, Ambucs, Striker Bikes, Freedom Concepts, Flaghouse, Triaid, Strider and Mobo Cruiser. Last year, the group had 400 entries and gave away 29 bikes—odds that are soooo much better than Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. Besides, our kids can't ride  discounted magazines, can they?

How it goes: First, you check out the different bikes, decide which one will best fit your child's needs, and enter that contest. To do so, you submit a photo of your kid, along with a short explanation of why he or she needs an adaptive bike. Users can only enter to win one bike. You should definitely get guidance from your child's physical and occupational therapists, as I did before Max got the adaptive Triaid bike that he adores (also through this wonderful group). In purple, no less.


You have two ways of winning: 1) Through votes on your "nomination" page (ask friends, family, the mailman, whoever to vote); 2) a raffle (see this page for more information).

Spread the word: Each bike contest starts with two bikes, but visitors can make donations that will go toward adding more bikes in the giveway.

The deadline for entering is March 25th, 2014, 11:59 a.m., EDT.

The drawing is on March 26th. For more information on entering, click here.

11 comments:

  1. A friend told me about this giveaway. What a wonderful idea that will benefit so many children with special needs. We have bought so much equipment this year that a bike is such a luxury item right now. I hope it's ok to post a link to our story here http://joyfuljourneymom.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-great-bike-giveaway

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  2. Our son, who is blind, won a Buddy Bike last year from the Great Bike Giveaway. It has opened so many doors for our family. Now we can ride bikes together! We just got it out this weekend, for the first time since the Fall. The Great Bike Giveaway is such a wonderful program! Good luck to all of this year's entries!

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    1. Faye, I didn't know that! SO awesome! This made my day.

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  3. What a great program. Thank you to all the sponsors of the Great Bike Giveaway.

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  4. Ellen....
    What a neat invention!! Adaptive bicycles for kids who are physically unable to ride "normal" bikes!! Yes!! ;-D
    Max looks so very cute on his purple bike, by the way!! ;)
    --Raelyn

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  5. Awesome! Addison rides a bike every day at school, and once a week in PT. I'd LOVE to have one we could use at home!

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    1. Good luck, Debbie! I will say it in Spanish, too, for extra luck: Muy buena suerte!

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    2. Ellen....
      "I will say it in Spanish, too, for extra luck: Muy buena suerte!". Crack. Me. Up!! ;-D
      --Raelyn

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  6. My science teacher thinks that every kid should have a bike. This allows more kids to have that chance.

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  7. We got our adaptive bike from our local Shriners, and it has taken until just yesterday, literally, for my daughter to be able to ride hers independently on the small slope on our patio, but we love love love it and the folks at Shriners. I hope you all win (or beg, borrow or steal) one for your kiddos too. If you can use PT/OT at a Shriners it is a great place to try out different models to fit your family's needs.

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Thanks for sharing!



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