SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) Remember the excitement of getting a new bicycle? Over the past couple hours, several children in Salt Lake have experienced that joy. It was made possible by a handful of local high school students.
Dieudonne has a like new bike and he’s trying it out. And he’s not alone; little Messi now has a Batman bike. And his friend Josue now owns a sporty red and black bike. These young boys are just three of the 30 excited refugee children who received a like new bicycle Friday. It’s all courtesy of the efforts of a handful of Judge Memorial students.
“This has been a long process,” said Judge Memorial senior Daniel Payne.
Back in late August, Daniel and some of his classmates started to help repair bicycles at the Bicycle Collective in Salt Lake City.
“Taking something that is completely destroyed and turning it into something like this – it just feels really good,” said Daniel.
They were repairing bikes as part of their volunteer requirements at school when they decided to fix up kids bikes for refugee children.
“I thought, I have a connection with bikes and with Catholic Community Services – why not bring them together to get some bikes to as many kids as we can?”
And on Friday they loaded up the bikes and headed out to put smiles on the faces of those 30 refugee children, their parents, and their relatives.
For Daniel, the bicycle project was a chance to reach out and help out some of Utah’s newest families.
“I’ve spent a lot of time around these families and really they come with nothing,” said Daniel.
And a chance to work side by side with his friends and classmates.
“You feel really good. You feel like you’ve accomplished something that you never would have imagined.”
While spearheaded by the Judge Memorial students, this really was a community effort with Catholic Community Services and the support of the Bicycle Collective.