Kohl's Donates $14,000 To UF Shands For Summer Safety Fair
Published March 22nd, 2014
GAINESVILLE - Spring is here, school is almost out and the summer is getting closer. But how can you keep your children safe and healthy when summertime comes along? A local massive community effort is dedicated to making this happen.
Families enjoyed a number of things from free bikes to pizza but the message behind the event was the most important thing-- Safety and good health this upcoming summer.
Sasha and Lilly Dcroz love riding their bicycles around the neighborhood. Lilly said, "I ride my bike," with their parents' supervision of course.
Sasha and Lilly attended this year's Bike Rodeo and Summer Safety Fair hosted by UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.
During the event Kohl's presented UF Health with about $14,000 donation to support the event.
"This is definitely a big thing for us, as we started off, we started off small... We did not have a sponsor like this,” John Stephen with UF Health said.
More than 30 community partners set up to promote safety and a healthy well-being. During the event kids had the opportunity of winning bikes and playing in obstacle courses.
"But I think in the summertime is when they might be left unattended a little bit more than other times in the year because there's no school. So getting them outside getting them at different, you know-- doing different activities at their local community organizations and community partners... It's a great opportunity to get them outside doing safe activities that are over-seen by other people. That way they're not at home by themselves all day long," Gregory Castronover with UFPD said.
One thing parents learned today that if your children's helmets aren't two fingers above their eyebrows then they've outgrown and it's time to get a new on for safety reasons.
"We are really serious about touching or impacting the lives of children in this community and for people to partner with us so that they can again be influenced in the community and raise awareness... Especially with the little ones," Stephen said.
And while these two are still on training wheels, they know one thing for sure-- "Having a helmet," is very important, “so you don't hurt yourself," Sasha said.
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