DOVER, DE – Kent County Tourism is happy to announce the partnership with the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington in conjunction with the 23rd Amish Country Bike Tour’s “Give A Child A Bike” campaign. The duPont Hospital’s Trauma Program is providing a helmet for every bike donated this year.
“We were very surprised and excited by the generosity of the duPont Hospital for Children. We put our worries to rest, each child will be able to put on their helmet and take off,” said Robin Coventry, Director of Public Affairs and Special Events.
“Once we heard about this great e opportunity, we knew this was something that we needed to do. Being a Pediatric Trauma Center we realize the importance of protecting our children. Having the ability to partner with Kent County Tourism and its Give a Child a Bike Campaign has increased our chances of preventing unintentional injuries,” said Sean Elwell, RN, Injury Prevention Coordinator at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Delaware law requires children under the age of sixteen to wear a helmet when riding their bicycle.
“If you have a used bicycle or a scooter in your garage that is no longer ridden or one that your children have out grown; as long as it is in good condition we can find a child that will put it to good use,” Coventry said. “New bikes can also be purchased for under one hundred dollars and donated.”
Statewide businesses can become sponsors or partners and help Kent County Tourism fill a valid need by giving children bicycles. If you would like to donate a bike please contact Kent County Tourism at 302-734-4888. “This campaign supports child wellness and safety. It also encourages children to experience the wondrous childhood freedom of riding a bicycle,” said Robin Coventry.
The 23rd Amish Country Bike Tour and Pedal Away Prostate Race is September 12, 2009 on Legislative Mall in Dover, DE.