Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
In an action-packed week for St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, hundreds of students, parents and siblings jumped on their treadly and rode to school for National Ride to School Day.
Meeting and departing from Pioneer Swim Centre, students rode their elaborately decorated bikes through the Gooseponds to the school where they were met with breakfast provided by Mackay Regional Council.
Information sessions were then held by Corry Cycles and Mackay PCYC before a brand new bike, donated by Corry Cycles, was given away.
“It’s an initiative to put bike riding to school at the forefront of kids minds,” said Corry Cycles owner Evan Corry.
“This school’s got bike racks at the front gate and you always see a few bikes there but it’d be great to see a few more after today.”
Mr Corry informed students of the safety of helmets and bike maintenance while Sargent Dorinda Freeman, Relief Branch Manager at Mackay PCYC, elaborated on road safety.
“We’ll be making students aware of what they need to look out for to get to school and how to navigate streets safely,” Ms Freeman said.
253 students, parents and siblings participated in the ride including Kristen Kachel who has two children at the school.
“It was a good opportunity to have the morning off, be with the kids, get involved with the school community and support a healthy approach to life,” Ms Kachel said.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the kids to get outside and be active and see how much fun it is to be on a pushy.”
Sargent Dorinda Freeman of Mackay PCYC and Evan Corry of Corry Cycles led National Ride to School Day information sessions at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School. Photo credit: Sam Gillespie