Trips for Kids Ottawa would like to thank everyone for their support and generous donations during these difficult times.
Thank you for choosing to support our program, this will be of great help; our participants will benefit significantly.
The Ottawa mountain biking community looses another friend
Martin Glazer from Gatineau, Quebec, was among 21 people killed in a suicide bombing. He and a colleague were auditors working on a contract for Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and had been in Afghanistan for about one week. The men were killed after a Taliban suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a popular restaurant in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday. Martin Glazer was an OMBA member.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the lost of one of our most dedicated and valuable directors, Mario Théoret. Mario was involved with TFKO since its beginning and has contributed considerably more hours of volunteer work than most.
We often called Mario - Super Mario, like the cartoon character.
He was a gem; he was the man behind so much of what happened here each day at TFKO.
Our program’s home base was in his personal garage and basement. He never asked for rent.
Sometimes a group of kids would be particularly hungry before or after a ride, and Mario didn't care if we ate up stuff in his fridge, when we were not stocked up in the TFKO fridge.
Six, years ago we purchased a box of 100 tubes. We have only used about 25 of them, because Mario would meticulously patch them, clean them, and roll them up neatly - they looked brand new except for the patch.
Two years ago our bookkeeper moved on - Mario stepped in and looked after the books until we found a new one. If ever our secretary was absent, he would take the best notes of our Board meetings.
He lifted and lugged, he organized and supported. Super Mario.
Since the program was out of his garage, this is where the kids knew to come. Often the kids would just show up at his door early Saturday morning for a fix on their bikes or for something to do. Other times, his dinner was interrupted by a door bell and an 8 year old from across the street asking if Cat was there. Sometimes he helped them out; sometime he said Cat will be by later in the day. The kids showed up so often, we told them just come if you see Cat in the open garage, but Mario was always patient with them despite the interruptions.
He was on board 100% with starting up a TFK Chapter in Ottawa and he did everything he could to help us. He really cared about the kids.
Through weekly rides, mechanics classes and summer camps, many boys were able to learn first hand Mario's love of mountain biking. He was a quiet and gentle leader, a true mentor for the kids to look up to. The community has lost an amazing man and is very grateful for the legacy and love of biking that he has instilled in a generation of young cyclists.
It will be terribly difficult for us to go forward without him, but Super Mario would want us to give it our best shot.
Sharing these memories lessens the pain.
Mario, you are in our hearts.
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day!
Our team of dedicated volunteers and many new ones join us this year for Take a Kid Mountain biking Day on October 5th. From the ladies in the registration tent, to the helmet fitters, the men in the mechanics tent, The BBQ king!, and all the bakers of those yummy treats!
Thank you to those that arrived early to set up the course; Chris you out did yourself with all the new structures!
Matt Krull added a new element to our day with offering kids to learn a new skill, thank you for being there to coach them! Jasmine also took on the responsibility to add face painting to our event and with two young teens as her assistants they did a great job!
Nearly all of our volunteers wear two hats during the event as they flip over to being ride leaders and sweeps at 11 am. We had 11 groups go out including 10 riders on our poker run. So that required 11 ride leaders and 11 ride sweeps and the poker run set up and the road crossing guard.
Twenty-four volunteers just to cover the rides. If there is any doubt that the kids all had a great time, the proof is in the photos - thanks to our dedicated photographer David Nesbitt!
Exactly 50 kids came out! 7 kids were there because Trips For Kids Ottawa provided them a bike or a bike and transportation to the event.
It is our hope that we can continue increasing the number of kids attending this event that would not otherwise have the opportunity to mountain bike.
Thank you everyone for coming and making TAKMD happen again this year.
Contact Trips For Kids Ottawa to find out what volunteer opportunities are available from ride leading, fund raising and communication to bike mechanic.