Precious Minutes Learning Center held its annual Trike-a-Thon on Friday to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
According to Precious Minutes Assistant Director Jamie Stewart, they have been in business 23 years and have been doing the Trike-a-Thon for many of those years.
“The Trike-a-Thon we have been doing for 18 years, since 1996, and we have raised more than $4,500 up until this year,” said Stewart. “This year, we raised $2.072.62, $800 above our goal.”
This Trike-a-Thon is one of many nationwide that is part of the St. Jude’s Trike-a-Thon program.
That program has raised more than $87 million since its inception in 1983.
Stewart said they are happy to help raise money for a good cause.
“They never charge the parents for their treatment or their stay,” said Stewart. “They provide housing and essentials for younger children, like diapers for babies, as well as treat them for catastrophic diseases such as cancer.”
The annual event is about more than raising money, though.
Stewart said it also gives the children a chance to learn important information about how to stay safe when riding their tricycles or bicycles.
“We emphasize wearing a helmet, watching for cars, not going anywhere you are supposed to go with a bike or a trike,” said Stewart.
On Friday after announcing the fundraising totals, the 50 or so children that participated in this year’s Trike-A-Thon at Precious Minutes wrapped up the week by hopping on those trikes and bikes and riding around the parking lot.