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Rides by Marv’s pedalling its way to providing bikes for kids, adults alike

Rides by Marv’s pedals its way to giving back to the community Rides by Marv’s has evolved through the years. The 2022 edition of the…

Tuesday, Jun 14

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Rides by Marv’s pedals its way to giving back to the community Rides by Marv’s has evolved through the years.

The 2022 edition of the initiative is no different.

Its founder Marv Friesen is once again taking in used or broken bikes via donations from the community, then using his knack for fixing them, whether it be classic Mustangs’ engines or greasing bike chains. He then distributes them to those who need them most in Saskatoon free of charge. Edmonton Food Bike Tours return for the summer Friesen says so far, he has 175 to 195 bikes in his backyard, many of which were left over from last year.

“It breaks my heart when you see a family who can’t afford bikes for their family. That’s why this program is growing so much,” said Friesen.

This year he extended his reach to helping out Ukrainian families who have recently moved to Canada — families that have experienced a lot, in many cases leaving their home country with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Families such as the Onyshko family. Their two twin boys, Garis and Andrii, aged nine, along with mom Irina and dad Yurii, moved to Saskatoon roughly two weeks ago. Their boys were given new bikes and helmets through Friesen’s program.

“People are a very big help in Canada. We are very happy about the bikes. Our other bikes were left in Ukraine,” Irina said.“We want to thank Marv, Bubba’s closet (another program in Saskatoon), and all the people in Saskatoon,” said […]

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