Charity cycling group raises funds for special needs


Three special needs children named Samantha, Layton and Trysha were presented with their own specially modified bicycles by the Road to Rehab crew.

By Marianne Curtis

   On July 17 and 18, 2010, nine cyclists biked 100 km through southern Manitoba to raise money for Manitoba’s children living with disabilities. The group were participating in the 10th annual Road to Rehab cycling tour, a fundraiser for the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation in Winnipeg. 

   Les Weins and Cal Higgins started the event 10 years ago to increase awareness and raise funds for the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation. Since then, the event has grown to nine cyclists, who collect pledges and pay for their own expenses for the weekend. All money raised is donated to the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation.

   This year’s tour passed through Iles des Chenes, Steinbach and Badger. About $12,000 was raised during the trip that was used to help children living in the area. 

    “Families with a special needs child usually have one parent staying home. This makes it very difficult to support a family,” said Wiens. “The impact events like this have on families with a special needs child are amazing.”

   While in Steinbach, the cyclists met three families who are of the Rehabilitation Centre for Children. Three children, ages seven to eighteen, were presented with their own specially-modified bicycles that were funded by the Road to Rehab event. The bicycles will allow the children freedom of movement and will help increase their independence, while giving them more opportunities to exercise outdoors with family and friends.

    In the past decade the Road to Rehab event has raised $119,763 for the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation.

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