With support from Robbie’s Riders, Grampy’s Charities and Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, four adaptive bicycles, each worth $3,000 to $5,000, were presented to Southwest Florida children at the bank’s Bridge Branch, located at 9311 College Parkway, Fort Myers.
“We’re grateful to Sanibel Captiva Community Bank for helping us fund these custom-made bicycles that benefit these special children physically, and give them a sense of belonging and independence,” said Jack Johannemann, director of Robbie’s Riders. “These bikes change these children’s lives and the lives of their families.”
All the recipients are between the ages of three and eight years old and have medical issues such as traumatic brain injuries, autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.
When riding these bicycles, the children benefit from general strengthening, new proprioceptive sensory input and improved reciprocal coordination of the legs. They can now participate in activities with their families and peers and enjoy the normal childhood experience of riding a bike.
Robbie’s Riders provides special adaptive bicycles and tricycles to children with disabilities, according to their individual capacities and needs. The charity works to donate special needs cycles as quickly as they can raise funds to purchase them.
Grampy’s Charities raises funds and support for children’s organizations by partnering with comfort and research-based charities to make a difference in the lives of kids who need it most. An all-volunteer organization with no paid staff, they have donated more than $3 million to children’s charities over more than 25 years. For more information, visit grampyscharities.org.
Founded in 2003, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank is nationally ranked in the top 2% best-performing community banks by S&P Global Market Intelligence out of more than 4,400 banks with assets under $1 billion. It is well-capitalized, with more than $729 million in total assets, and generates one of the highest returns on equity of all Florida banks. The bank employs more than 110 employees, and more than 60% are current shareholders.
Sanibel Captiva Community Bank’s team members provide customized individual and business banking services and specialize in residential and commercial lending. The bank offers free personal and business checking, deposit accounts with competitive interest rates, instant issue debit cards and a full array of digital banking products and services, including mobile banking apps, CardHub, online bill pay, Zelle®, Positive Pay and ACH Manager. To learn more, visit sancapbank.com.
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Amy McQuagge, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, 239-274-6273, [email protected]