Keiki, their families, and members of the Kaua’i community gathered at Wilcox Medical Center on Saturday, August 13 for the return of Keiki Bike & Skateboard Safety Day.
More than 300 attendees attended the free safety education event, which took place in the back parking lot of the medical center after a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“We were thrilled to see so many happy families and community members in Wilcox for Keiki Bike & Skateboard Safety Day,” said Jen Chahanovich, President and CEO of Wilcox Medical Center and Chief Executive Officer. from the Kaua’i Medical Clinic. “Our mission to create a healthier Hawaii extends beyond the walls of the medical center. Wilcox is Kaua’i’s only trauma center, and our team wants to do more than respond to emergencies – we also want to help prevent injuries. This family event allows us to share valuable safety information while encouraging keiki to be active. »
Organized in partnership with several community organizations, the 2022 Keiki Bike & Skateboard Safety Day included a number of educational and hands-on activities. Among the highlights were:
· A bike skills improvement course run by Kaua’i Path;
· A skateboarding skills improvement course with Kaua’i Skate Ohana;
· A bicycle safety inspection station provided by AlohaCare; and
· A helmet fitting station where Wilcox staff helped keiki find the right size dual-certified helmet – which the kids then got to take home!
“Children’s heads grow very rapidly, particularly in the first three to four years of life, so the helmet needs to be well matched to the individual,” said Dr Robert Wotring, head of pediatrics at the Kaua’i Medical Clinic.
Other security and activity booths were manned by Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai’i, Hawai’i State Department of Health, Hawaii Life Flight, Hale’ Ōpio Kaua’i Inc., Kauai Police Department, Keiki to Career Kaua ‘i and LifeSave KūPono.
Families stayed fueled with fresh fruit smoothies made with the Wilcox Health blender bike.
The biggest draws of the day were giveaways of 32 bikes and 30 skateboards donated by generous community members.
“It was a really great day and everyone is really happy and excited,” said Danita Narciso, whose daughter Olivia won a bike in one of the multiple morning draws. “We got to the bike, and it was donated by the doctor who delivered my first daughter. It’s really special that this is our first time winning and that it was donated by Dr. Carol Fujiyoshi. It’s really special.
“It takes a whole village to raise a child,” said Kaua’i County Mayor Derek Kawakami, who personally donated a bicycle with his wife, Monica. “When you see how many volunteers have come out to support our keiki and support our families, to encourage them to be healthy, to make healthy choices, to be active and to jump on a bike, ride a skateboard, and they get all the safety lessons they need – there’s no place I’d rather be.
“For many of us, it’s more than a hospital,” Kawakami added. “Wilcox Medical Center puts on events like this and goes above and beyond what one would expect from a health care system. Big mahalo to Wilcox and all the many, many partners.