Sing The Song Of Your Heart And Trek 4 Kids!


Today‘s blog comes to you from the desk of Phil Martin, Trek 4 Kids Hike and Bike committee member and cycling enthusiast who is making week-long, overnight summer camp a reality for kids-at-risk!

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When I’m not on my bike, I’m introducing kids to the love of cycling through a school program I founded called Cycling Into The Future (CITF)! In schools across Waterloo Region I teach young people (and a few older ones) about cycling safety and etiquette by presenting the CITF program which includes hands (and feet)–on cycling experience! Many kids find that their world grows bigger when they take our course. They have more independence (I don’t have to rely so much on being driven everywhere), a growing sense of competence (I can fix a tire) and the great feeling of fresh air in their faces as they pedal off on new adventures.

When I was teaching one of my school groups I asked a girl why she liked to bike, her response was,

“When I’m on my bike my legs sing the song of my heart!”

When I heard this, my first though thought was “Wow!”, and my second thought was “That’s why I Trek 4 Kids“!

I live out my values when I send kids to camp though my participation in Trek 4 Kids Hike and Bike! As a retired educator I know that week-long, overnight summer camp gives children-at-risk an opportunity to gain skills, make new friends and increase their confidence and self-esteem – what an experience of a lifetime! My Trek participation (raising money and awareness) is how I combine my gifts, abilities and love of cycling to sing the song of my heart – preparing kids for the future by making camp a reality today!

With rising costs, it now costs ~$650 to equip and send a child to over-night summer camp for a week. Consider being a TREK CHAMPION and sponsoring one child for a life-shaping week of camp!

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Teach your heart a new song and join me for the 11th annual Trek 4 Kids Hike and Bike happening Saturday, May 7th, 2:00 pm, 50 Kent Ave. Kitchener (Mennonite Central Committee /Thrift on Kent parking lot). Registration, bike tune-ups, and bike rodeo (with me:) begin at 12:30 pm.

Sign-up today as an individual or with family and friends, collect pledges and help me send at least 100 kids to camp this summer, your heart will be glad you did!!

For more information or to sign up visit: Trek 4 Kids Hike & Bike or contact Dawn Gill, by phone at 519-742-8327 x119  or by email at

Looking forward to seeing you on the trails!

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