Pukehina pupils tap pedal power

Students siting down with new bikes

Image: Wayne Brown, 12, left, and Teaimaere Papelu, 11, from Pukehina School with their school mates and the new bikes and helmets they have all received.

Graeme Dingle Foundation, Generation Homes treat a ‘huge surprise’

All Pukehina School pupils are now able to put their best pedal foot forward, thanks to a generous donation.

The 17 pupils were recently given their own bike and helmet thanks to a partnership between the Graeme Dingle Foundation’s Western Bay of Plenty operation and Generation Homes.

At the house-building company’s recent conference at Baypark, a team-building exercise had delegates building bikes from kits.

What neither they nor the school’s pupils, who went to Baypark on a school trip, knew was that the completed bikes were going to the pupils.

Even principal Indra Thomas wasn’t fully aware of what was about to take place at the conference.

“Our children didn’t know anything about it, I knew a little bit about it, Generation Homes didn’t know we were coming, so it was just a big, huge surprise for everyone. The children were just blown away.” As one of Graeme Dingle Foundation’s Western Bay of Plenty sponsors, Generation Homes approached local foundation manager Dan Allen Gordon and asked him to suggest a suitable school for the bikes.

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