“Swapping bikes for vital tools
A Montreal bike store and a group of volunteers is helping people transform their old rides into vital equipment for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
CycleSwap is a fundraising event by the Friends of the MUHC and Cycle Neron that allows people to sell and buy bicycles, with proceeds going towards the purchase of a Cerebral/Neuro Probe that facilitates brain imaging of children and infants at their bedside.
The event is taking place May 6 at Lower Canada College in N.D.G., and this year’s objective is to raise $12,500, said committee member Donna Doherty, adding that about 60 bikes were sold last year and the group is hoping to surpass that amount. “It is surprising how many people have bikes to sell or buy, including Suburban readers across the greater Montreal area. They just don’t know about us yet.”
All types of bikes are welcome: road, mountain, hybrids, kids, cruisers, and all are verified on-site for their rideability and priced by certified mechanics. It’s a perfect occasion for those that may want to “trade up” or swap their growing kids’ ride.
People must bring bicycles for sale between 8:30 and noon. Sellers can choose to donate the bicycle and all proceeds will go to the equipment purchase, or they can expect 80 percent of the selling price once the bicycle is sold. Buyers are only allowed on site from 1-3:00 pm.
All unsold bicycles are either returned to the seller if that is their choice, or the Cycle Nord-Sud organization will recycle them for parts or ship the bikes overseas.
All bikes need to be registered before they can be sold and a $15 rack fee applies. To save time, you can pre-register bikes online and automatically be entered into a draw for a $200 gift certificate from Cycle Neron.
Other activities will include: a helmet fitting clinic, obstacle course for kids, snacks and music on site.
CycleSwap 2018 takes place May 6 at Lower Canada College, 4090 Royal Ave. in N.D.G. For more information visit https://friendsmuhc.org/fundraising/cycleswap/“