Pepsi is giving away money each month to fund ‘great refreshing ideas’ and this month AMBUCS is competing to win $50,000. That money will be used to provide 100 AmTryke Therapeutic Bikes to children with special need throughout the country. My daughter Emma received hers last Christmas and loves to ride all over the neighborhood now that the weather is nice. If you would like to learn more about these special kids or even sponsor a bike for a child yourself you can view the wish list at ambucs.org
You can vote for the AmTryke idea once a day until the end of April at which time voting will be closed and each of the top 10 ideas will receive $50,000 from Pepsi.
The time is near and numerous models of therapeutic tricycles and an assortment of accessories will be heading to Long Island. Next Tuesday, November 10th at United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County in Roosevelt we’ll be hosting a special Bike Day event to see those tricycles in action.
In order for a child to qualify to receive an AmTryke they must first be evaluated by a licensed physical therapist. To help make that happen the first portion of our event will focus on training any and all local therapists on how to do exactly that.
Once that is done parents and children will be invited to join us for an evaluation and the children get to take the tricycles for a ride! Once qualified they will be added to our list and those with the greatest need will receive their AmTryke hopefully within a few weeks. If we cannot find enough local donors to help provide all of the tricycles, the children will be added to the national wish list and should receive support within a few months time.
Everyone involved is volunteering their time to make this a special event and to help every child who could benefit from a therapeutic tricycle get one of their very own.
The fun and freedom of riding your own bike is something everyone should be able to enjoy. Now, thanks to the AmTryke® therapeutic tricycle, even individuals who are unable to operate a traditional bike can finally realize this wonderful experience.
Established in 1994, AmTryke®, LLC is a company owned and operated by National AMBUCS™, Inc. AMBUCS is a national non-profit service organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.
To date, over 9,400 AmTryke vehicles have been distributed around the world. The majority of these trykes are purchased by volunteer members of the AMBUCS organization and donated free of charge to financially-needy children.
These unique tricycles, which can be hand and/or foot operated, are designed to accommodate riders of all ages, sizes, and varying degrees of physical limitations.
Both physical and occupational therapists acknowledge the AmTryke tricycle’s many therapeutic benefits, citing improved motor skills, strength development and self-esteem.