Refugee family’s seven kids given free bikes and helmets

May 26, 2016   ·   0 Comments

The Al Diri family, mom, dad and their seven children arrived in Shelburne just over a month ago after having to flee their homeland of Syria with literally only the clothes on their back.

Having settled in Shelburne, with the help of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Orangeville who sponsored the family and helped with their resettlement, it seems the family are adapting to a more peaceful life.

Their English is limited but all seven children, ranging in ages from 5 to 12, attend Highland Heights school in Shelburne and are making friends and enjoying the lifestyle that we have in Canada.

Terri Ann Gawtheroupe and Paula Jones from the church say the family has adapted very well  in Shelburne. The two ladies  came up with the idea of asking the church congregation to help by donating used bicycles that their own  families no longer needed or had grown out of . It didn’t take long to acquire the seven bikes that were sought.

With the help of Cycling Elements in Orangeville, all seven bikes were safety-checked and anything that was needed replaced free of charge. The store also donated seven safety helmets at their own cost for the family.

Highland Heights school presented the family with their bikes last Friday, May 20th, just in time for the long weekend. Thrill and excitement could be heard from the children,  as this surprise of new bikes was overwhelming for their father, who couldn’t say thank you enough in his broken English.

A big thank-you goes out to all who helped this happen and especially to Cycling Elements, and if anybody would like to help reimburse this generous store with some of the cost that they covered themselves, donations would be gratefully received. Just call the store and speak to Jeff at 519-307-4100.

Shelburne Police would also like to remind everybody now that summer weather is here, that bikers should always wear a helmet. Safe biking!!


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