Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00
Great Neck Pre-School will join thousands of pre-schools, daycares and other groups across the country in sponsoring a St. Jude Trike-A-Thon event during the week of April 16 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. The week-long event teaches bike and riding-toy safety lessons using interactive stories featuring characters, Bikewell Bear and Pedals the Bunny. At the end of St. Jude Trike-A-Thon week, students will bring their tricycles to school to practice their newly learned safety lessons.
In addition to safety lessons, kids learn about helping others including the patients of St. Jude. Families, friends and the community team up to support the hospital by pledging a donation for St. Jude Trike-A-Thon Week. Because no patient is ever denied treatment from St. Jude because of an inability to pay, funds from public fundraisers such as the Great Neck Pre-School St. Jude Trike-A-Thon help the hospital’s mission of finding cures and saving children. For more information on how to make a donation, contact Lisa Adams at 487-5326.
This is the first year that Great Neck Pre-School will be holding the St. Jude program. “We challenge family and supporters of Great Neck Pre-School to join us in helping to teach our kids about riding safety while raising funds for St. Jude,” said Lisa Adams, event coordinator. “I’m proud our kids are able to help give hope to thousands of children battling cancer and other deadly diseases at St. Jude.”
Joining young children across the United States in the Trike-A-Thon program is cable network Nick Jr. and character favorite, Dora the Explorer. A supporter of St. Jude since 2007, Nick Jr. airs PSAs featuring Dora inviting children to participate in the program. The Dora PSAs can also be viewed by visiting www.stjude. nickjr.com
Since its inception in 1983, the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon program has raised more than $87 million. For more information, visit www.stjude.org/trike or call 1-800-626-BIKE (2453).