It was a hot day on July 19th, but the Charlottesville RKG office persevered through the heat to compete in a scavenger hunt around the local Downtown Mall, all in an effort to find parts with which to build 12 kids’ bikes. The competition kicked off the activities for the Annual RKG-Charlottesville Picnic with over 120 people running around the Downtown Mall trying to find answers to clues and build the bikes.
This was the second year that the bike competition was included with the picnic. Last year, the teams built six bikes that were donated to a local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club. “The scavenger hunt was started as a team building activity, and having the teams build bikes for charity seemed like a great addition. The activity was so popular the first year that the scavenger hunt and bike building had to be expanded.” said Kelly Murphy, Co-Coordinator of the Scavenger Hunt.
This year, with a larger staff, RKG teams were able to build 12 bikes that were donated to the Boys & Girls Club yesterday. Melissa Rowland, RKG Senior Analyst, said, “It was really rewarding to help build a bike for a deserving child in our community while getting to know some of my coworkers better.”
When RKG approached James Pierce, Executive Director for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia, this year about donating the bikes, he was very excited about the opportunity to work with RKG again. He said, “The Clubs are thrilled to receive bikes for kids for the second year in a row from our dynamic and community-minded partners at RKG. Some of the bikes will be used as we help kids prepare for the upcoming Cycling Challenge on September 15th. Others will be placed in our Power Store, where kids can choose to purchase them with points earned from completing homework. Thanks to RKG for helping to promote healthy lifestyles of our deserving young people.”