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wannaBe Wed 01-Oct-08 12:37:51

further to

this thread

it has become apparent that there are actually a few people who would benefit from having a specialist bike/trike for their dc who cannot ride a conventional one due to their disabilities.

so my idea is this:

On a set date, we organize a sponsored walk in order to raise money and awareness wrt these trikes and the children's need for them. The walk will be in three categories. A mile for very young dc who might want to, a 5 mile fun walk, and a half marathon (walk or run tis your choice) for those who are fit/mad grin.

The money raised will go towards helping people who cannot afford to fund these trikes themselves to pay for the trikes their dc so desparately would love, and also to raise awareness. (I never even knew these trikes existed until recently so am sure most other people don't either).

And we'll call it "hike for trikes".

Anyone up for it/want to help me organize?

pgwithnumber3 Wed 01-Oct-08 12:42:35

I am definitely up for it - how about doing it around Halloween and the children can dress up?

SparklyGothKat Wed 01-Oct-08 12:42:39

Great idea wannabe, great name too. Thanks

wannaBe Wed 01-Oct-08 12:46:14

Dressing up in halloween costumes might take the emphasis away though - how about if people did it in cycle helmets?

wannaBe Wed 01-Oct-08 12:48:22

we need to design a sponsor form, one for online and one that people can print to take round to friends/family/work etc.

Also would need to think about venues - you need to have somewhere to start/finish.

saint2shoes Wed 01-Oct-08 12:53:39

really good idea.
but could I suggest a special bit.
could the dc's like dd hwo can't walk do a special sponsered round the chool type bit(hope that makes sense)

wannaBe Wed 01-Oct-08 12:59:02

absolutely 2shoes.

The sponsor form would not stipulate that we are all mumsnet posters (for those that are afraid of their identities being discovered by friends/family), although I might suggest to mnhq that mn name be placed on the form somewhere given that mn represents parents with dc with disabilities.

But it will simply be hike for trikes. And anyone can join, and I would seak to advertise it elsewhere.

wannaBe Wed 01-Oct-08 13:07:39


pgwithnumber3 Wed 01-Oct-08 13:08:45

I quite liked the Halloween idea! grin Kids love that sort of thing. wink

misdee Wed 01-Oct-08 13:10:31

fab idea!

however my dd's wont partake in anything halloween-y and i think its too close a date to aim for iyswim.

pgwithnumber3 Wed 01-Oct-08 13:15:00

Agree regarding the date and kids can be frightened so yep, you are right.

Maybe aim for something in early December and it can be a bit Christmassy. grin

wannaBe Wed 01-Oct-08 13:15:19

I also think halloween is too close a date to aim for - we need as long as possible (but not so long that people lose interest) to generate as much interest/sponsorship as possible.

I would suggest a date in january/february when the hype of christmas is over and people need something to look forward to.

misdee Wed 01-Oct-08 13:22:01

wannabe, maybe ask little lapin for advice?

wannaBe Wed 01-Oct-08 13:49:15


will do.

wannaBe Wed 01-Oct-08 14:41:13


medogsarebarking Wed 01-Oct-08 15:00:28

What a good idea - I'm up for it. Let me know if I can help with organising etc..

NotCod Wed 01-Oct-08 15:01:01

.....depends if they smoke.........

SheSellsSeashellsByTheSeashore Wed 01-Oct-08 15:01:44

where will they be? id like to help but i dont think i live near any other mumsnetters.

SaintRiven Wed 01-Oct-08 15:35:16

what there needs to be is an organisation that hires out these very specialised things for people who need them. Then the bikes can benefit many kids.
Unfortunately, every child with disabilities is different. Some need extremely complex machines like my dd, others more a supportive strap. Could any one org cover everything?

SheikYerbouti Wed 01-Oct-08 15:38:39

Good idea. I can certainly drum up support over this way from pre-school. and other friends. I am willing to organise the "bath arm" of the sponsored walk

saint2shoes Wed 01-Oct-08 22:27:15


Tclanger Wed 01-Oct-08 22:53:01

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

saint2shoes Wed 01-Oct-08 23:12:07

wannabe i did a link in sn, hope you don't mind. but thought some people might miss the thread.

BriocheDoree Thu 02-Oct-08 07:54:35

I think it's a brilliant idea, and if I'm in the UK at the time we'll gladly join in. Otherwise I'll send good vibes from across the channel...! I'll certainly sponsor someone.

sphil Thu 02-Oct-08 10:08:49

I'm in for this - great idea

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