Rotary Club lends a hand to A’burg Police’s Bike Rodeo


By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Rotary Club has donated $800 to the Amherstburg Police to assist efforts in their up coming bike rodeo.

The bike rodeo is this Saturday in the parking lot of Wal-Mart and run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The $800 donation will be used for such items as helmets for children and other safety items.

Const. Melissa Taylor, Amherstburg Police’s new community services officer hopes the distributed helmets will fill a void after the Masons had to stop their Grade 1 bicycle helmet program because of financial issues.

Taylor said she is excited to plan this year’s bike rodeo and said she is trying to build on it from last year.

“I’m hoping it’s going to be a big success,” said Taylor.


Const. Melissa Taylor (right) accepts an $800 cheque from Rotary Club of Amherstburg president Lena Lazanja during Rotary's meeting last Wednesday night.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is on board, said Taylor, and she hopes for more including EMS and other agencies. A bicycle decorating station, a bike locking station and a barbecue will be available as well. Some helmets have been donated and Taylor wants to either give them to children without helmets or swap out unsafe helmets with new ones. Bicycles will also be inspected, to ensure their safety.

“I really want to focus on safety,” said Taylor.

Taylor noted that Wal-Mart has donated two bicycles to the rodeo.

Rotary Club president Lena Lazanja said they decided to donate the $800 after discussing it with the executive committee. She mentioned the Grade 1 students no longer getting helmets was a deciding factor.

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