You Can Help Give Bikes To People Who Are Waiting To Ride
- July 19, 2019
Teddy loves riding a bike, but the tricycle he was given years ago is so worn out that it needs constant repairs.
Teddy will soon get a new bike that’s adapted to meet his needs and abilities, but four other men with disabilities are on St. Amant Foundation’s waiting list for their own.
Your donation will make sure that they don’t have to wait too long.
“Riding a bike has been an integral part of Teddy’s life. He would ride it every day, even multiple times a day, if you let him,” said Teddy’s mom, Pat Siwik.
Murray Hyundai Winnipeg recently gave a portion of their car sales towards the purchase of Teddy’s bike. They raised $2,300 and Scotiabank matched the donation.
“You see the happiness; the appreciation on Teddy’s mom’s face to see her son riding a bike. It kind of ties in with the enjoyment I know I feel when riding a bike and it’s great to give that feeling to other people,” said Richard Eccleston, General Manager of Murray Hyundai Winnipeg.
Custom mobility devices like bikes, wheelchairs and walkers are priced far out-of-reach for most families. These are ongoing funding priorities for St.Amant Foundation and we can’t deliver on them without you.
Please donate today and your gift will keep the wheels of independence rolling for many years to come!
Thank you for your generosity.
Limited spaces remain for iCan Shine Bike Camp Winnipeg
- July 12, 2019
- St.Amant Foundation has partnered with iCan Shine Bike Camp Winnipeg to offer those who were supported by St.Amant an opportunity to learn how to ride a bicycle. It is a 5-day program that helps someone learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently.
iCanBike conducts 5-day camps across North America which consist of five 75-minute bike-riding sessions per day with a range of riders per session. The bike camp’s fee is covered by donations received by St.Amant Foundation.
Registration has been extended as there are a few spots remaining! Please submit your registration form to your program contact by July 15, 2019, at 4pm. If you want to register someone not supported by St.Amant, click here.
Here’s how it rolls out:
July 22 to July 26 at 517 Pandora Ave East, East End Arena, Transcona
In this program, participants must meet all of these criteria:
- Minimum of 8 years old
- Have a disability
- Able to walk without assistive device
- Willing and able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet
- Maximum weight 220 lbs.
- Able to sidestep to both sides
- Able to attend all five (5) days of camp
- Minimum of inseam of 20″ (measure from floor while rider is wearing sneakers)
Volunteers needed for bike camp
- July 5, 2019
We’re in need of 10 volunteers for the upcoming iCan Shine Bike Camp in Winnipeg. This is a great opportunity to be a part of an amazing journey for those that will be learning to ride a bike! Plus, lunch and a free t-shirt are provided.
The expression, “just like riding a bike,” is often used to describe something that’s second nature and easy to do. But if you have a disability, riding a bike may not come naturally at all. We’re excited that you’re thinking about volunteering at the iCan Shine Bike Camp Winnipeg! Volunteers are the heart of our program, making many, many dreams come true.
Here’s how it rolls out:
When: July 22 to July 26, inclusively
Where: 517 Pandora Ave East, East End Arena, Transcona
How: 8 riders per session, 5 sessions of 75 minutes each per day for a total of 40 riders per day
- 2 volunteers are required per rider
- Individualized instruction on specially-adapted bikes teach riders balance and coordination. Volunteers are requested to attend a 45- minute orientation on July 21 at 4 pm at East End Arena to get the training information required to successfully support a rider.
- On Monday and Tuesday, all riders and volunteers are inside the arena on adapted bikes.
- On Wednesday, some riders are ready to graduate to two wheels and with their volunteers, move to the outdoor riding area. Transitions to the 2-wheel bike and the outdoor area continue throughout the week.
- It is important to note that volunteer spotters will walk/jog approximately 3 miles during each 75-minute session. Please keep this in mind if considering volunteering for multiple sessions.
- We ask volunteers to commit to attending all five days of the camp. Volunteers are assigned to the same riders throughout the week, forging trusting relationships as they progress.
Why: It’s a blast and rewarding. In five days, you can make a dream come true!
Sign Up Here for this great opportunity.
See The Difference You Make
- June 28, 2019
Your donations have helped to provide advanced assistive technology so Rebecca Kozak can see everything she’s working on, despite being legally blind.
Rebecca was born with Bilateral Retinal Blastoma, a rare form of cancer causing tumors on her retinas. Her vision fluctuates throughout the day and at best, she can see at 20 feet what someone with 20/20 vision can see from 400 feet away.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in conflict resolution and sociology, and works as a receptionist in Human Resources at St.Amant, providing administrative support to her team. She’s a model employee; high performing, positive and professional, and known to go above and beyond by joining committees, taking on additional work, and volunteering. But visual limitations made work very difficult.
St.Amant’s Director of Human Resources Jennifer Kilimnik submitted a request to St.Amant Foundation to see if donations provided by you could buy some equipment to reduce eye strain and expand the range of tasks Rebecca accomplish.
“We were so happy to find out that your donations were available to help Rebecca do an even better job,” said Jennifer.
Rebecca demonstrated three of the assistive tools that she is thankful to you for providing.
The MagnaLink desktop video magnifier is a clear screen that attaches to her computer monitor and uses a camera to zoom in and magnify her monitor, immediately making text legible, adjusting text brightness and converting it to high contrast black and white.
Getting around from place to place is also a lot easier thanks to Rebecca’s hand-held GPS/reader. The Victor Reader Trek announces the direction she is traveling on foot, and gives a description of intersection ahead, with turn-by-turn directions. It also has a media player which provides access to over 36,000 web radio stations and a wireless connection to media content designed for people with low vision. The device allows her to add text documents from her computer.
Her personal favourite is the compact mini HD magnifier, which is pocket-sized so she can take it to meetings or anywhere else she wants to go. The touch screen magnifier reads text aloud.
“It makes me feel amazing that these accommodations are possible and I feel even more involved now than ever before. I’m more efficient, make fewer errors and there is less strain on my eyes,” she said.
See the difference your donations can make? Thank you!
Dalip Shekhawat Conquers Mount Everest!
- May 18, 2019
St.Amant School teacher Dalip Shekhawat safely reached the peak of Mount Everest on May 16 and has descended the summit.
More details will be shared as soon as they are available. In the meantime, if you’d like to celebrate Dalip’s epic journey in support of St.Amant Foundation, you can donate at his fundraising page. He’s about a third of the way to his $10,000 fundraising goal!