Local Pre-Schoolers to Raise Funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

Pre-schoolers from Tambearly School and The Meridian School will host a St. Jude Trike-A-Thon the week of January 24 in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. A tradition for more than 25 years, Trike-A-Thon is a fun, week-long curriculum for daycare centers and pre-schools. Children learn riding-toy safety lessons through a series of interactive stories from special characters, Bikewell Bear® and Pedals the Bunny®.  Dora the Explorer, Nick Jr.’s beloved character, appears in two television spots on Nick Jr. inviting children to participate in the program.

At the end of Trike-A-Thon week (Friday January 28) participating children will bring their trikes or riding-toys to the specially marked and supervised course at Sandyport to practice the safety lessons they have learned and raise funds for the hospital. The community can sponsor children in Trike-A-Thon by pledging an amount-per-lap the kids ride or make a one-time donation.

“Every child saved at St. Jude means children saved around the world – a direct result of cutting-edge research and treatment that set the standard in treating deadly childhood diseases,” said Alice Langford, Principal of Tambearly School.”  Through events like Trike-A-Thon, children in The Bahamas can support the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children everywhere.”

The Sandyport Trike-A-Thon event is sponsored by Sandals Foundation (the Philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International committed to improving education, communities and the environment throughout the Caribbean) Sandals Resorts International are the owners and operators of Sandals Royal Bahamian on Cable Beach in Nassau.

St. Jude depends on community-based fundraising programs like Trike-A-Thon. At St. Jude, families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance and no child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.

In 2010, St. Jude was ranked the most trusted charity in the United States and was also named the top children’s cancer hospital in the 2010-11 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, go to www.stjude.org.

For more information please contact: Stanja Seivright at 357-7381.

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