Turning Wheels for Kids (TWFK) buys bicycles and helmets with donated funds to give away to kids to prevent childhood obesity and support low-income families. Bikes are one of the Christmas gifts most requested by kids.
TWFK is an all-volunteer organization working in partnership with community groups such as the Valley Medical Center Foundation and the Santa Clara Fire Department, as well as corporate sponsors such as Specialized Bicycles, Raleigh America and the San Francisco 49ers.
On Saturday December 1, 2018, TWFK will hold their Big Bike Build (BBB) at the San Jose Convention Center, where hundreds of volunteers from many different clubs and companies come together to assemble a few thousand bikes to be given away to deserving kids. TWFK provides breakfast, lunch, T-shirts, and validated parking (they strongly encourage carpooling as parking spaces are limited).
Each volunteer donates money towards the purchase of new bikes and helps on the day of the Big Bike Build.
Western Wheelers have participated in TWFK-BBB since 2013. This year the club will kick in up to $2,000 in 50/50 matching funds to Western Wheelers members who participate.
"Pre-registration", at $100/person (so the club reimbursed $50), was September 24–October 5.
"Open registration" at $25/person signing up, plus a transaction fee of $3.16 (so the club reimbursement was $14.08), was October 6–November 23.
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