Friday, September 28, 2012

Bike clinic for Lee County homeless scheduled for World Homeless Day Oct. 10, 2012

    Kudos to the community organizations, including Fort Myers Schwinn, a BikeWalkLee supporter organization, for joining forces to provide a bike safety and maintenance clinic for Lee County homeless on October 10th. 
Local agencies and business are partnering on a new educational clinic
 for area homeless citizens that will kick-off on Oct. 10, 2012, 2:00 pm, World Homeless Day.   Future educational clinics will occur quarterly

 Fort Myers Schwinn, Lee County EMS, Community Cooperative Ministries,
 Inc., The Lee County Homeless Coalition, Rotary South and BB&T-OTC
 have joined forces to launch quarterly bike clinics to educate and provide homeless citizens information about bike safety and maintenance.

 The clinic will be held at CCMI’s Everyday Café located off of Martin
 Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Dunbar. Homeless residents will learn about
 pedestrian and bike safety including rules of the road, how to change
 flat tires, brakes, maintenance tips and more.

 The class is open to 80 participants but the first 50 to register and
 attend the 45-minute clinic will receive a complimentary water bottle,
 travel size sunscreen and a bike tube voucher. Eligibility to receive
 the bike tube voucher will require proof that the bicycle is used for
 employment, education or other “self-help” advancement.

 World Homeless Day, held on the 10th day of October annually, draws
 attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provides
 opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to
 homelessness. Millions of people around the world are expected to mark
 World Homeless Day in many varied ways and change the lives of
 homeless people in their local community.

 According the Lee County Homeless Coalition, on any given day there
 are an estimated 2,800 persons without a place to call home in Lee County.

 Participants must register in advance as space is limited. To register
 for the clinic, please contact Jo Ellen Keller, 332-7687, ext. 116

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