O’Brien Foundation gives pupils two-wheel freedom

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On yer bikes: O’Brien staff Sam Hartrick, Robert Eierweis, Anastasia Howard, Mathew Blakely, Fraser Bayne, Jason Mudford and Katie Oliver with pupils and parents. Picture: Supplied

FUNDRAISING efforts by the Pesky Peddlers riding club within O’Brien Real Estate has given 10 Dromana Specialist School pupils the thrill of owning their own bikes.

The Pesky Peddlers challenged themselves to ride the 210km Around the Bay last month and, with the support of other staff and their network, raised the money to buy the bikes – the children’s first.

O’Brien Real Estate’s Jason Mudford said the cycling club was set up to boost “camaraderie and fitness”.

“Being competitive by nature we set ourselves the challenge and thought it would be a great idea to raise money to help disadvantaged kids get their first bike. A bike is one of the greatest freedoms and escapes kids can have.”

Using the Variety Vic Bikes For Kids program the O’Brien Foundation was able to arrange helmets and locks for the bikes. Mr Mudford said the program provided freedom, independence and joy to disadvantaged children by providing bikes.

“It’s such a simple gift but it ultimately changes a child’s life,” he said.

He said O’Brien Real Estate was a strong supporter of communities and staff “loved seeing the positive impacts our sponsorships have on our local communities and we believe that giving back is extremely important”.

Details: Visit foundation.obrienrealestate.com.au

First published in the Mornington News – 27 November 2018

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