SIDNEY — The Sidney Kiwanis Club has donated FIVE AmTrykes to children and adults supported by the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities. AmTrykes are therapeutic tricycles that provide people with all abilities the classic benefits of riding a bike, including motility, strength, exercise, coordination, interaction with family and friends, and, of course, fun.
A lot goes into the process.
First, a therapist is needed to measure the recipient to purposefully determine what adaptive equipment would be best based upon the recipient’s abilities. Second, Jessica Guillozet, Kiwanis member and SCBDD employee then sends the completed paperwork to GreenBucks. Once all of the parts are in hand, the bike is then shipped to Eric Jones, Sidney Kiwanis member. The local Kiwanis Club is fortunate to have a member that is able to assemble the bike. This is where Jones and his son, Ethan Jones, assemble the bike piece by piece for the recipient. Each AmTryke varies in price anywhere from $600 to $1,200 a bike.
Funding is available for these AmTrykes though the Kiwanis annual BBQ Chicken and pancake fundraiser.
There appears to be a great need locally as we have received additional requests Guillozet has received from local schools. Since there is a local need, the Kiwanis plan to continue to support the AmTryke program by funding as many requests as they can.
“This has been a wonderful project to be a part of and we want to continue to be there to help fulfill the dreams of some of our communities’ most precious children,” said Guillozet. “This project has opened the eyes of our community about the impact that the Kiwanis has on children. We have received praise from all of the recipients and continue to hear positive feedback about how their son/daughter can ride a bike for the first time. It touches our hearts that we can make a difference in the lives of children living in Shelby County.”