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Sun Youth is giving away new bicycles for the 40th time

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As part of Sun Youth's annual bicycle giveaway, one hundred Montreal youth received brand new bicycles on Saturday.

The organization known for this initiative celebrated its 40th anniversary by giving back to young people who have made a significant impact in their community, such as 15-year-old Hilda Obimah.

“I was sick for a long time and now I'm better,” Hilda said. “The hospital, the medical care, people like the doctors and therapists, they gave me the bike because they saw that I was working hard… to encourage me not to give up, to keep working hard, to pursue my goals and to get healthy.”

Hilda Obimah (center) at the 40th annual Sun Youth bike giveaway at the Michel Normandin Arena on May 25, 2024 (Source: Adriana Gentile, CityNews)

Children aged between five and 17 received a new bicycle, helmet, lock and certificate of achievement as recognition for their achievement, but also as a reminder of how far they have come.

Similar to Hilda, Dave Raiden Cuasay received his bike after helping his mother during an epileptic seizure and says he is proud of his reward.

“This award is very special because I helped my mother and many other people get such an award and it will remain close to my heart,” said Dave.

Dave Cuasay at the Sun Youth's 40th Annual Bike Giveaway at Michel Normandin Arena on May 25, 2024 (Source: Adriana Gentile, CityNews)

Sun Youth says the initiative was born thanks to the late Montreal philanthropist Avi Morrow, who anonymously donated to the organization since 1984. Morrow, nicknamed “Mr. Bike Man,” wanted more Montreal kids to experience recognition and appreciation.

Meeker Guerrier, a Sun Youth spokesperson at the Sun Youth's 40th annual bike giveaway at Michel Normandin Arena on May 25, 2024 (Source: Adriana Gentile, CityNews)

“It's just fun to be here and see the smiles, see the kids happy and see their parents proud,” Sun Youth spokesperson Meeker Guerrier told CityNews. “It's extraordinary to also hear the stories of the kids who have received this gift. Some kids have saved lives and I think that's something that should be highlighted. It's something that should be celebrated.”

Over the last 40 years, over 2,100 new bicycles have been distributed.