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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Nearly 150 children have new bike helmets

  • Local children on bikes or scooters took home a total of 147 new bike helmets on Saturday, July 26.
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  • Local children on bikes or scooters took home a total of 147 new bike helmets on Saturday, July 26.
    The helmet give-away was part of the annual Ride Cool at the Ramp Park event, which was sponsored by the Hannibal Clinic Health Services.
    Ginny Webb, director of marketing at the clinic, reported the total of 147 helmets distributed to children was about average. “We had sizes from extra small to extra large,” she said.
    The purpose of the event was “to get the helmets on the kids,” she said.
    The Hannibal Clinic had an earlier Ride Cool event in May for younger children, and this one was planned for ages 12 and over, but many younger ones attended.
    Webb advises parents to have the children wear helmets when riding a bike or scooter. She said more than “400,000 injuries happen every year” nation-wide, “and most would be preventable if they wore a helmet.”
    “We don’t want to see anybody at the clinic who has been injured in a bike accident.”
    The Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department was also involved in the Ride Cool at the Ramp Park event, providing demonstrations of safe use of the ramp park in Huckleberry Park.
    Parks & Recreations volunteers also helped with the other events.
    Among them was Audrey Lee, who was helping each child go home with the correct size helmet.
    One group of friends wearing new helmets included Gage Graupman, 9, on his bike, and Kameron Foust, 10, and Gavin Boutwell, 11, both on scooters.
    Aiden Reeves, age 5, was one of the youngsters on small bikes.
    Showing off their different colored helmets were Nora Hark in black, Michael Hark in white and Emily Lennox in red.
     
     
     
     
     

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