A BIG THANKS to Bike for Mike!

What’s better than making a difference in your community by gifting bikes and helmets to children and families in need of wheels? The only thing that beats this is partnering with like-minded organizations to gift even more people in Hamilton with bikes. Partnerships are wonderful!

REAL MEN Hamilton would like to extend a BIG THANKS to our community partner, Bike for Mike, who generously donated 48 new bikes and helmets to be gifted to people in need of wheels. These bikes helped us complete our commitment to the Wesley Urban Ministries Refugee Assistance Program, and provide bikes for others in our community.

The bikes were picked up by teens and young adults who really appreciated the opportunity to move around the city, connecting with the increasing network of bike lanes and trails. Hamilton is a great city to explore by bike, and increased access to wheels extends this opportunity to many more hopeful riders.

Exploring Hamilton by bike is something close to the heart of REAL MEN Hamilton and Bike for Mike. Together, we really can make a difference.

Check out what Bike for Mike is up to at www.bikeformike.org

Great Cycle Challenge!

As we’re nearing the end of August, we at REAL MEN wanted to let you know about one of the challenges a team of us has undertaken this month.  A small group has joined the Sick Kids Great Cycle Challenge:  the team spends the month of August cycling whenever they can, in order to raise awareness and money for cancer research.  Our team has set out a goal of 2500 km, and intends to raise $6000. We’re happy to report that to date, we’ve been able to raise over $5200 towards cancer research.

Sick Kids does such an amazing job, helping children overcome cancer and getting their lives back.  It’s a cause that REAL MEN supports wholeheartedly, and you can too! August still has some great days left to cycle, please consider helping us push past our goal, and contribute to this worthy cause!

Reach out today!  realmenhamilton@gmail.com, or through this site.

the team

Do You Have an Adult Bike To Donate?

The requests for quality used bikes, from our community here in Hamilton, have been coming in thick and fast. REAL MEN Hamilton is committed to doing all we can to locate and provide bikes for all the people in need of wheels.

The gift of a FREE used bike and a new bike helmet represents far more than many of us realize. A bike transports essential workers during a downturn in the economy, it connects friends and families through trail systems, rather than taking several bus journeys, and a bike can unite a family in outdoor activity around our beautiful city.

The benefits to health, independence, and self-confidence are innumerable.This is why your donation of a bike can really make a difference in the life of someone in our city.

Please take a moment to view this short, one minute video, sharing some of REAL MEN’s recent community bike drop-offs, and detailing our current needs for bike donations.

Together we can make a difference.

Bikes For Kids in our City

One of the greatest parts of giving is seeing the reactions of those who receive.  It has been said that it is a far greater blessing to give than it is to receive.  At REAL MEN Hamilton, we have certainly found that to be true.

During new Covid19 regulations, we were not able to greet the children at Mission Services’s 196 After School Program, as we usually do, to adjust seat heights and fit helmets; however, we can rest assured that this latest batch of quality used bikes did find very worthwhile new homes.

In July, REAL MEN Hamilton partnered with Mission Services to provide quality used bikes and new bike helmets to 13 children in our inner-city. To children in Hamilton, a bike represents increased outdoor activity, further connections with friends and family, improved healthy lifestyle, and a sense of independence and achievement that very few other gifts could provide.

REAL MEN Hamilton would like to thank all the staff at Mission Services for their welcoming and inclusive approach to partnering with us, to ensure children in Hamilton benefit from the gift of wheels this summer.

Together, we can make a difference.

Please contact us at realmenhamilton@gmail.com to find out more about our current partnership with Wesley Urban Ministries.

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The Shape Of Donations

While we are thankful for the donations we continue to receive, we want to make sure that every bicycle we give to a family is as like-new as we can make it.  That means that if it’s closer to a junker than something you would give to a family member, it’s probably better off being recycled at a community depot.  Watch this video for a quick sum-up of the shape in which we need our donations: