of services are provided in the child or youth's own home
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Bikes for Kids in 12th year of giving
Bikes for Kids, a program to provide new bikes for children in the care of Halton Children’s Aid, is now in its 12th year.
Founded by Burlington's Greg Pace of PACEperformance, the initiative started with Pace distributing two bikes in Year 1.
Since then, more than 500 bikes, athletic equipment and activity gear has been donated to the cause.
For many, 2016 has been a tough year for a number of reasons.
“I am always buoyed by the energy and passion of kids, their joy of movement, their ability to just play,” says Pace.
“I have this sense, and a hope, that when a child wakes up Christmas morning to a shiny new bike, a light turns on, a joy that is hard to define, and really only gets defined over the year and upcoming years,” Pace adds.
'It was so hard living in poverty'
“I hated poverty,” said Sharon (not her real name), a single mother from Milton who fled an abusive relationship with her two children. “I was living by the penny, saving up to pay for rent, not eating so that my kids could eat, hoping McDonald’s would have a free toy for them. It was so hard living in poverty. I hated it.”
She is not alone.
Angela is a mother of three. As a child, she grew up in poverty and was determined to make her life better come adulthood. However, her dream of escaping the cycle of poverty would be just that — a dream.
According to the Halton Poverty Roundtable, 19.5 per cent of single parent families live in poverty, along with 21 per cent of single people and 5.6 per cent of couple families. Throughout the country, nearly one in five children lives in poverty, reports Campaign 2000, the cross-Canada public education movement to build awareness and support for the House of Commons’ resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.