Toby M needs your help to get a bike!

Do you remember the day you learned to ride a bike? The Great Bike Giveaway is about giving children with special needs the same feeling you had when that shiny new bike arrived at your house.

Why Toby M Needs a Bike

Toby M is entered for the Buddy Bike
My son, Toby, age 9, was adopted from an orphanage in Ukraine at the age of 4. For 4 years of his life, he was left in a crib without any human interaction, believed to be worthless. Since adopting him, we have tried to give him every opportunity for growth. He has overcome so many obstacles! Riding a bike, however, is not something that he has been able to master, due to his poor balance and low muscle tone. I used to take bike rides with him in a seat behind me, but he is too big for that now. I would LOVE to be able to give him the experience of riding a bike with me!
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Be an ambassador

As an ambassador, you can play a very important role in the Great Bike Giveaway. Your support can make a huge difference for every kid hoping to win an adaptive bike. Ambassadors like you help get the word out online, in person, and through local media. Ambassadors can also help raise funds so that we can fulfill our ultimate mission: one bike for each of the 600 entrants in the Great Bike Giveaway. Every kid deserves a bike.

Become an Ambassador
Be an Ambassador

Thank you for your willingness to be an ambassador in the Great Bike Giveaway. You will serve an important role in the Great Bike Giveaway. Here is how you can help.

  • Share the story of a Great Bike Giveaway Registrant. Let everyone know how important it is for a child with special needs to have an adaptive bike.
  • Help raise funds so more bikes can be given to children with special needs.
  • Ask the media to talk about the Great Bike Giveaway so more people can get involved and all 600 children in the contest can receive a bike.

Ready to get started? Fill out this short form to register as an ambassador.

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Thank you for registering to be an ambassador in the Great Bike Giveaway! Over the next few weeks we will provide you with regular tips and updates on how to promote the Great Bike Giveaway so make sure to check your email regularly.

While the contests starts on March 8th you can start preparing now! Please head over to the Resources section for tips and sharing materials. If you have a question at any time please do not hesitate to contact support!


1. What is the Great Bike Giveaway?

The Great Bike Giveaway is a campaign started by Friendship Circle of Michigan giving children and teens with special needs an opportunity to win an adaptive bike. The Great Bike Giveaway was started in 2012 and has grown each year. In 2016 we hope to give away 600 adaptive bikes.

2. Why a bike?

Almost every child can recall their first experience learning to ride a bike and the exhilaration and confidence that came with mastering this skill. We believe every child deserves to have that same experience, regardless of their abilities. Adaptive bikes give individuals with special needs independence, exercise and most importantly the chance to be included in bike rides with their friends and family.

3. What are donations used for?

We need your support in giving away adaptive bikes. Donations are used to add more bikes to the Great Bike Giveaway. We hope with your support we will be able to give away 600 bikes. You will also have the opportunity to donate an extra $5. This will be be used to help support and maintain the Great Bike Giveaway going forward.

4. Is this a Contest or a Crowdfunding Campaign?

The answer is a little bit of both. Our goal is that we raise enough money to give away 600 adaptive bikes to all 600 participants in the contest. If we are unable to meet this goal the Great Bike Giveaway will be a contest with chances to win by getting the most votes or by being selected in a drawing. Read the complete rules for a complete explanation of how the contest works.

5. How can I help?

You can help by donating to add more bikes being given away in the Great Bike Giveaway. You can also help by be becoming an ambassador and spreading the word about the Great Bike Giveaway. Learn more about becoming an ambassador here.

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