Tuesday, April 11, 2023 — (OTTAWA, ON) April 11, 2023 – The Ottawa Community Housing Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from the Canada Post Community Foundation for an important initiative, Hop on Bikes, in Ottawa, Ontario. Awarded in 2022 by the Canada Post Community Foundation, the grant will be put towards refurbishing and distributing bikes to the Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) communities to children and youth.
The Ottawa Community Housing Foundation’s Hop on Bikes initiative is led by OCH Foundation, in partnership with re-Cycles Ottawa. The initiative brings together community partners to gather, refurbish and distribute bikes, helmets and bike locks of all shapes and sizes to children and youth living in OCH communities.
With the help of this funding from Canada Post, 200 bikes will be refurbished and distributed to children and youth living in OCH communities. They will also receive helmets and bike locks along with the bikes.
The Hop on Bikes events will be starting April 15th. More information is available at http://ochfoundation.ca/support-our-initiatives/hop-on-bikes/
Quote from the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation
“Hop on Bikes is such an exciting program for the OCH community. Many children and youth do not have the luxury of having a bike to ride growing up. This funding from the Canada Post Foundation will allow us to distribute more refurbished bikes to young children and youth. For many young people, a bike represents a sense of freedom. It encourages play and staying active. This donation will make a significant impact.
– Angela Bégin – Executive Director, OCH Foundation
Quote from the Canada Post Foundation
“Canada Post is proud to help organizations and projects that make a difference in the lives of Canadian children and youth. Through the generosity of our customers, the Canada Post Community Foundation is able to fund important programs in communities across the country every year.”
– Doug Ettinger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Post
About the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation
Committed to the 32,000 tenants living in Ottawa Community Housing, the OCH Foundation helps families, youth and children achieve personal success through education, employment, and community engagement projects. The Foundation has raised over 11 million dollars since its inception which has been redistributed through tenant focused programs and initiatives.
About re-Cycles Ottawa
re-Cycles Ottawa is a not-for-profit bicycle recycling and DIY shop. They sell bikes and parts at low costs to Ottawa residents. They also offer ‘do-it-yourself’ bicycle repair sessions with guidance from a knowledgeable bike mechanic.
About the Canada Post Foundation
The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children’s vision is to help ensure every child in Canada is happy, healthy, and part of a community that supports and cares for them. Its mission is to have a positive effect in the lives of children in the communities Canada Post serves by supporting registered charities, school programs or local initiatives that benefit children. It has granted 11 million dollars to almost 900 community organizations across Canada. To learn more about the Foundation, visit canadapost.ca/community
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