Twenty-five children living in the community of Chester Le received new bicycles and helmets thanks to an ongoing green- and healthy living partnership between the Dutch Consulate General and Toronto Community Housing.�
The presentation marked the culmination of the second annual Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike!, an environmental awareness and fund-raising bike ride.� Last year, children living in Lawrence Heights received 20 new bikes.��
This year�s ride, from the Humber River Bridge to the Harbourfront Community Centre back in May, raised $2,600 toward the purchase of the bicycles and helmets.�
�This is a great partnership in that it promotes physical fitness and a green way of life, both of which are central to Dutch culture,� said Astrid De Vries, Dutch Deputy Consul General. �It also extends a hand to those in need letting them know that there are people here to help.��
Derek Ballantyne, CEO of Toronto Community Housing, highlighted the direct and meaningful impact of this partnership.��These bikes will provide children with a renewed sense of play and fun. That�s what childhood is all about,� said Ballantyne.� �More importantly, this is another example of how building safe and healthy communities goes beyond bricks and mortar. It�s about improving quality of life and engaging tenants in their community.��
Shortly after receiving the bicycles, the children were able to safely test out their new wheels in a bike rodeo, with experts teaching them the rules of the road.�
With the majority of the 219 households in the community having children eligible to receive a bicycle (between 5 to 13 years), those interested were asked to submit a brief essay on what a healthy community means to them and how Toronto Community Housing and tenants can work together to make Chester Le a better community.