Last week, the Children’s Treatment Centre, in partnership with iCan Shine, hosted Chatham-Kent’s first-ever iCan Bike Camp! The camp invited 32 riders, age 8-19 years, with a range of abilities, to experience the thrill of learning to independently ride a two-wheel bike.
Sponsored entirely by Windmill Cabinet Shop Ltd. and the Chatham-Kent Cycling Festival, the iCan Bike Camp ran July 11-15, with riders participating in 75 minute sessions each day. By the last day, the camp had all 32 participants riding their own two-wheel bike independently, or with support close by, and all riders were noticeably more confident, determined, and excited to continue riding or learning to ride a two-wheel bike. “Everyone made amazing progress, and the skills gained are incredible”, states Shauna Jackson, Camp organizer and Centre staff member.
Amiera, 10 years old, proudly stated, “I can ride a bike by myself now… it feels really good!” Amiera added that her favourite part of Bike Camp was turning, and that she’s looking forward to more bike rides with her family.
Volunteers expressed that they loved watching the riders’ excitement, determination and progression throughout the week. When asked why she chose to support the iCan Bike Camp, camp volunteer and donor, Tracy Bultje of Windmill Cabinet Shop Ltd. expressed:
“We understand that teaching a child with special needs to ride a bike is a difficult and lengthy process… it took us many years to teach our son, Edward. Supporting this program seemed to be a great fit for our passion and what we understand to be helpful for entire families”.
The Children’s Treatment Centre is thrilled to have been able to offer this opportunity to the children and families throughout Chatham-Kent. We truly appreciate Centre staff and Camp organizer, Shauna Jackson, for bringing this opportunity to the community, and all the volunteers, riders and donors that made the week and exciting success.
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