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If You Build It, They Will Bike

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Turner’s office in Toronto recently joined forces with the not-for-profit organization Toronto Youth Development, building 30 bicycles for a group of boys who participate in their programming. And, the next day, the Turner staff got to present the bikes in person.

"Toronto Youth Development works to empower at-risk kids through education, sports, and overall mentorship" said Kris Barnard, vice president and general manager, who addressed the group of 30 boys, aged 4-13, at the Bike Donor Presentation the day after the build, "I spoke to them about becoming active citizens and leaders in their communities, and then we got to the good stuff," he laughed, "They each went and found the bike with their name, a brand-new helmet, and a Turner t-shirt, and took them out for a spin. It was amazing to witness the sheer joy amongst the kids because for all of these kids this was the first bike they could ever call their own; and the parents all expressed their deepest gratitude to Turner for making such a positive impact on their children’s lives."

In addition to bringing the pure joy of bicycle locomotion to a large group of kids, the event attracted significant and wide-spread community support, and some local media coverage.

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