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Cycle of Giving, 2021: A HouseWarming Party

Announcing… an interim step in solving our space needs! The Valour Community Centre, Clifton Site has invited us to start offering some of our educational programs there as we continue to work towards solving our space needs!!! Thank you VCC!

Earn a Bikes will start there in January, 2022. In the meantime, we figured we’d celebrate this partnership by making Clifton CC our central hub for Cycle of Giving this year.

Let’s Party!

On Saturday, December 4, we’re going to get together for an outdoor community party at Clifton Community Centre, 1315 Strathcona St. Everyone’s invited! Expect a Group Ride and Tour of the West End, A Bike Race up Garbage Hill, and snacks and a fire.

Live in the Clifton Community Centre Neighbourhood? We especially want to see you! We’ll have a bike giveaway raffle planned to cap off the evening.

I want to donate!

Yes please! We are again seeking donations to support our capital campaign. Our incentives this year honour the many home workshops that have supported our work over the past two years.

To sponsor Cycle of Giving, see our sponsor package at the bottom of this page.

GIVING TUESDAY ANNOUNCEMENT! All incentives ordered before or on Giving Tuesday (November 30th) will automatically receive a WRENCH Home Shop Wall Art and an entry into the hand painted bike raffle!

A $30 gift will get you a WRENCH Home Shop Wall Art and WRENCH Mask.

A $75 gift will get you a WRENCH Mask and choice of ONE of either the WRENCH Apron, or WRENCH Baseball Cap.

A $100 Gift will get you a raffle ticket for a one of kind hand painted bike by artist, tattoo artist, mural painter and Graffiti Art Programming Artistic Director Pat Lazo, as well as a WRENCH Mask and choice of either of the following: WRENCH Apron, WRENCH Baseball Cap.

WRENCH Home Shop Wall Art Drymounted Poster (11×17)
WRENCH Mask- Modeled by Rob Grabowski: Grabowski sized only.
WRENCH Ball Cap (Adult Sized Only)
WRENCH Shop Apron (Adult Sized Only)

Incentives will be delivered between December 10 and January 15. Scroll down and fill out the form for the incentive you want!

If you would like a charitable tax receipt instead of any of our incentive gifts, please give through Canada Helps. (Sorry, we can’t offer an incentive and a charitable tax receipt for the same gift.)

BUT WHAT IS THE PLAN?

We’re still in a pandemic! This means we are once again reaching out to home builders to build and fix bikes off site. Delivery to home shops will happen on Nov 26 and Nov 27. 

Bikes will be picked up and returned to Clifton from December 2-5th for Quality Control work onsite before they are delivered out to our community partners.

Want to help, but not by fixing bikes? Here are some options:

-Make holiday cards to be donated with the bikes (We will deliver bundles of either 15 or 25 plain cards for you to decorate any way you’d like!)

-Got a vehicle that can haul bikes? Let us know! 

-Bake some goodies for volunteers!

For any and all quesitons about Cycle of Giving, Contact Jon Benson at cog@thewrench.ca

2021 Cycle of Giving Design by housefires.ca

Cycle of Giving plans are underway! Here are some of the specifics we’ve confirmed so far, with more info to come:

1) There will be two components to this event. 

a) We will once again support satellite building/mechanics. We will deliver bikes to home and business based mechanics willing to do work off site. Deliveries will happen the week before CoG weekend on Fri. Nov 26th and Sat. Nov 27th.

b) The central hub will be located at Valour Community Centre – Clifton Site (1315 Strathcona St). We are really grateful to be supported by the Community Centre this year to do this work- and our partnership with them will extend into the new year as we offer Earn A Bike and other educational programs at Clifton rather than in our shop at 1057 Logan. 

For Cycle of Giving, the Clifton Site is really a distribution hub, rather than a worksite. We’ll run daytime hours for people doing quality control- no overnights this year. Finished bikes from mechanics will be returned to Clifton for this step from Fri. Dec 3rd – Sun. Dec 5th (or so), and then delivered to community partners. 

We have already begun transferring bikes direct from the 4R sites to Clifton for Cycle of Giving work- it’s so helpful to have that location as a storage option as we prepare! Please note that anyone on site at Clifton for any reason during Cycle of Giving will be required to be fully vaccinated and masked. 

2) Yes, we are still raising money to expand our footprint! Space is the only limiting factor for our work; and we are only experiencing increasing numbers of requests for our services. More on this soon. 

3) We’re working on a social event spin for COG (covid safe, of course), and other components, too. Stay tuned!

To volunteer/contribute, and for more details, please contact Jon Benson at cog@thewrench.ca. Thanks so much for your support!

What is Cycle of Giving?

Cycle of Giving is symbolic of The WRENCH’s core work- salvaging bikes and parts from our local landfill and recycling sites, and putting them to the best use possible so that every Winnipegger can get around the city cheaply, while helping the planet. Hundreds of volunteers have supported Cycle of Giving over the years in a 24 hour build a thon, building bikes with recycled parts and then distributing them to partner organisations, schools, kids, and families.

Last year we also amped up the fundraising component of Cycle of Giving to launch our capital campaign- with great success! We’re really grateful to our community who continues to generously contribute to ongoing WRENCH development in so many ways. 

What’s different this year?

We made adjustments last year to be covid safe. Mechanics worked from their home shops (as well as Natural Cycle, Bikes and Beyond, and MEC!), rather than us all gathering in a central location. We’re continuing with some caution this year with a hybrid model- most of the work will happen in home shops, with Clifton as a distribution site. This will allow our shop at 1057 Logan to maintain our educational work through Earn a Bike, AfterSchool Leaders, and Velotecha.

After School Leaders!

Become a Bicycle Mechanic with the WRENCH!
Are you between the ages of 14-21?
Want to learn to be a bike mechanic?
After School Leaders is for you!
After School Leaders (ASL) is a free advanced Bike Mechanic Training program that combines leadership training with hands on skill building. You’ll leave the program with two bikes you have built yourself and practical skills you can use in your own life, and for employment- a number of ASL grads work at the WRENCH and other bike shops in Winnipeg.
ASL runs Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-730pm till mid January at 1057 Logan with a healthy meal each time. We can provide bus tickets too, if transportation is a barrier.
Spots are filling up fast for the Oct 4 start date. Contact us today at gregory@thewrench.ca to join!
Big thanks to the Student Achievement and Inclusion Division, Manitoba Education for their generous support!

One Great City Brewing Company Partnership

A delicious way to support the WRENCH (for a limited time!)

From our friends at One Great Brewing Company:

We’re so excited to introduce our newest beer: Winding Ways 🚴‍♀️

This delicious beer was inspired by the synergy of Banana Cream and delicious Graham Cracker Crust. Combining Toasted Biscuit Malts, Banana Flavoured Esters, and Savoury Baking Spices 🍌

Winding ways was made in support of The WRENCH. $1 from every beer sold will be donated directly to The WRENCH to help them continue to serve our community.

Label artwork was graciously donated by Natalie Baird. The Winding Ways label was inspired by her work on the Jubilee Underpass bike path mural- which she completed in her participation with the WRENCH’s Wheels of Courage Program.

Winding Ways will only be available at OGC, 1596 Ness Avenue, and with a very limited amount available don’t wait! Hurry down to pick up your cans today.

WILD RIDE

Directed by Christine Fellows

On Sunday March 21st, 2021, WILD RIDE made its debut as a part of Cinematheque’s Bicycle Film Fest! WILD RIDE was produced by The WRENCH’s Just Cycle Program at Marymound School. Director Christine Fellows worked with students to create the stop motion film; with original music by Christine Fellows and Jason Tait. Just Cycle is generously supported by Canada’s Youth Justice Fund.

Enjoy!

Date produced: March 2021
Director: Christine Fellows
Artistic Collaborators: The students of Room 12 at Marymound School, WRENCH staff, Marymound staff
Music: Christine Fellows and Jason Tait
Audio mix: Jason Tait
Post-production assistance: Alicia Smith
Running time: 2:49