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Gold Wings

Just imagine. You are nearing the end of your 100K bike route. You are tired, hungry and your legs don’t want to keep pushing. You pull off at the last SAG (support and gear) stop and you see a treasure trove of cookies, baked goods and cool water that gives you that last boost you need to keep going.

The Gold Wing Touring Association provides our PedalFest riders a much-needed break during the rides. They go the extra mile by making buckets of baked goods for the hungry riders. They bake 25 to 30 dozen treats each year.

“I don’t stop at every SAG stop every year, so I make sure I know which one is hosted by the Gold Wings,” Monte Shaw, PedalFest rider, said. “Their homemade treats are not to be missed—homemade energy bars, cookies, brownies, the works."

Their generosity starts with their own love of sweets.

“We like to eat,” Treasurer Anita McCune said. “We like ice cream. We like cookies. We just want something different.”

The Gold Wings and their SAG stop have become regular staples at PedalFest. They’ve had a rest stop for about six years, but that’s not all they do. The Gold Wings also help keep PedalFest cyclists safe by riding the route on their motorcycles.

“The Gold Wings are the ‘guardian angels’ of the cyclists in a sense. They watch over the safety of the cyclists by riding in front of and behind the groups and block traffic at left turns,” Special Events Coordinator Hannah Henning said. “PedalFest could not be more grateful for their support and their help in guaranteeing rider safety!”

They’ve escorted the riders since the very beginning of PedalFest, volunteering 11 of the 12 years. The group has at least 10 motorcycles along the route. The motorcyclists follow the cyclists across Wichita, both in the city and on the country roads.

“We like to do things to help our community, and this way is one way we can give back,” McCune said.

It’s a tradition they hope to continue. The Gold Wings are already planning for their next PedalFest so our riders have some friendly faces and cookies to look forward to in August.

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Volunteer Highlight - Gold Wings

284

Volunteers (FY16)

1,126

Volunteer Hours (FY16)

Select an area of need to see volunteer opportunies:

Assemble curriculum for Unique and News - 2-You

Date: Monthly

Email: volunteer@heartspring.org

Lead/Create arts and crafts with the students

Date: Weekly

Email: volunteer@heartspring.org

Assist during student lunch time

Set with students in the cafeteria

Date:

Email: volunteer@heartspring.org

Assist in classrooms during large group reading time

Date:

Email: volunteer@heartspring.org

Assist in classroom during classroom cooking time

Date:

Email: volunteer@heartspring.org

Assist in the classroom during Structured Leisure Time

Date:

Email: volunteer@heartspring.org

Service/Repair student bicycles and tricycles (fix chains, air up tires, work on brakes etc)

Date:

Email: volunteer@heartspring.org

Power wash group homes, sidewalks, and trash areas

Date:

Email: volunteer@heartspring.org

Detail Heartspring vans

Date:

Email: volunteer@heartspring.org

Tree House clean up

Tree house: clean up outdoor area, add mulch to beds, repair broken signs, inventory and take pictures of new and existing items

Date: Spring

Email: volunteer@heartspring.org

PT Gym

Remove equipment and deep clean the closet, organize the shoes in the shoe store

Date: Anytime

Time: Anytime

Email: volunteer@heartspring.org

Pediatric Services

Adapting books and therapy materials: copy, laminate, Velcro pictures

Date: Anytime

Time: Anytime

Email: volunteer@heartspring.org

Pediatric Services

Scanning documents into EMR

Date: Anytime

Time: Anytime

Email: volunteer@heartspring.org

CARE Clubs

Peer models for various groups as part of the CARE Porgram.

Date: Various days during school year.

Time: Various times during school year.

Special Instructions: Contact Lynlea Southards for more information on either of these programs. You must fill out an online Volunteer application for these opportunities.

Volunteer Application

Email: lsouthards@heartspring.org

Parents’ Night Out

Help with crafts, games and story time

Date: First Friday of every month

Time: 5-8 PM

Age: High school students and older

Special Instructions: Contact Lynlea Southards for more information on either of these programs. You must fill out an online Volunteer application for these opportunities.

Volunteer Application

Email: lsouthards@heartspring.org

13th Annual PedalFest

  • Packet pick-up (August 17,18,19)
  • Set up and check-in
  • Parking/traffic control
  • Set up and serve lunch, clean up
  • Supply and gear (SAG) stop

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016

Time: 6:00 a.m.

Age: High school students and older

10th Annual Autism CARE Walk

  • T-Shirt pick up (April 26,27,28)
  • Set up Crew
  • Cousr Marshals
  • Family Activities Attendants
  • Clean up Crew

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Age: High school students and older

Light Your Heart Gala

  • Event planning committee
  • Set up Crew
  • Silent auction attendants
  • Ushers
  • Clean Up Crew

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Age: High school students and older

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For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact:

Emma Koehn

Development Assoc, Research & Community Involvement

ekoehn@heartspring.org
316.634.8789

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