SANTA Claus arrived early at an Invercargill school on Thursday last week.
IDEA Services’ “bike doctor” Tresidder and his team of bicycle repairers last week donated 17 bicycles to Fernworth Primary School pupils.
Mr Tresidder taught a group of eight people with intellectual disabilities how to repair and restore unwanted bikes so they could be donated to people who needed them.
Since the scheme started in mid-2011, hundreds of bikes had been distributed to charities, low-decile schools and community organisations in Invercargill and Southland.
“The best thing is this moment when we bring the bikes for the kids in the schools or for someone who needs it. It is great to see the smiles,” he said.
Fernworth Primary School: Te Kura o Whare Pa principal Alison Cook said she was thrilled with the initiative and felt privileged to be associated with IDEA Services’ project.
She decided the best way to use the bikes was to give some to pupils who needed them, with some available in the playground for all the children to use.
“We are so lucky. IDEA (Services) has reached out to us and offered the bikes, we thought it was an amazing thing.
“The kids are so excited.”
Year 2 pupils Preston (8) and Winter (7) could not hide their excitement.
Both said they had asked for bikes for Christmas.
“It is so pretty,” Winter said while she looked at a purple model.
The children at the school were planing to write Christmas cards to thank the IDEA Services team for its gift.
Mr Tresidder said IDEA Services would be grateful for donations of bicycles or parts which could be used , to keep bringing happiness to people in the region.
It was a fantastic way for people with disabilities to connect with and contribute to the Southland community, he said.
- Anyone who had spare bicycles or parts, could contact Raelene Tuwairua on 03 211 2982.