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Monsanto Fund gives $10,000 bicycle grant to Faith, Hope & Charity

Monday, October 31, 2005

Thanks to a $10,000 Monsanto Fund grant, Faith, Hope & Charity of Storm Lake will be able to host a one-week program next July 31 through Aug. 4 to help disabled children learn how to ride bicycles.

The Lose the Training Wheels program helps children with disabilities learn how to ride a bike without training wheels in the one-week Rainbow Trailers clinic. Faith, Hope & Charity will host the clinic in Storm Lake and children in Faith, Hope & Charity's residential program and community service program will have an opportunity to participate.

The Program is based on the use of a series of adapted bikes beginning with a double roller bike. After a fairly brief familiarization ride, clinic instructors encourage children to transition onto an adapted bike fitted with a single roller in the rear. After children master those two bikes, they are introduced to more subtle changes with a goal of the child riding a two-wheeled bike.

Faith, Hope & Charity is very grateful for the grant from Monsanto because the tax-supported reimbursement structure for their Community Services programs only provides enough funds for direct childcare costs and very little else. This means that Faith, Hope & Charity relies on donations for clinics such as this.

"Riding a bicycle is something many of us take for granted," said FH&C Development Director Mary Ludwig. "It's an easy activity for most, but for children with special needs, it can be a challenge. That's why we are very excited to offer this program and open the door for children with special needs to master bicycle riding."

Clinic instructors say the benefits of riding a two-wheeled bike include an infectious smile, peer inclusion, building self-esteem, family lifestyle enhancement, increased activity and mobility, increased cognitive stimulation, and better physical fitness.

For more information, contact Bev Miller or Mary Ludwig at 712-732-5127.

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