A Bike Ride Fundraiser for Rifton Adaptive Tricycles

June 16, 2011 by Elena Noble, MPT

Contributed by Coretta Thomson, Rifton Account Manager

Two men hold up a tandem bike with a small trailer, ready for a bike ride for charity for Rifton tricycles In customer service, you never know what you’ll encounter when you pick up the phone. So when I took a call from Geraldine Rose in Canada last week I had no idea what delight awaited me.

Last March, Geraldine and her husband visited Israel and stopped in at Shechafim Special School in the north of the country. They were impressed by how the staff cared for their 43 students, helping them achieve the highest quality of life possible. These students, who come from the Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Druze faiths, learn basic life skills along with their lessons. They enjoy their only Rifton tricycle (see this clip showing how much fun one Shechafim child can have on a trike), but sharing a single trike among 43 children is tough.

Picking up on a pressing need, the Roses are partnering with UJA Federation of Hamilton to raise enough money to purchase two more Rifton adaptive tricycles for Shechafim. To accomplish this, Geraldine’s husband and son are having a biking fundraiser and plan to cycle over 1200 miles from Hamilton, Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia on Canada’s Atlantic coast. Of course, they need sponsors. We at Rifton were so impressed with the Roses’ determination to make a difference that we quickly signed on as corporate sponsors. But every cent counts: a pledge of as little as 5 cents per kilometer can put the Shechafim cyclists $100 closer to their goal.

Shechafim Biking for Charity Details
Geoff and Daniel Rose and Ori Menachem depart for their bike ride for charity from Hamilton on Sunday, June 26, 2011. Follow their progress on Facebook or offer to join them for part of the trek. For more information, including how to donate to their cycling for Shechafim cause, visit:

UJA Federation of Hamilton
Cycling for Shechafim Facebook

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