When the U of A faculty began building bikes as a team-building exercise, they had no idea that children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton would be receiving them.

The bikes were built by 24 groups of faculty from different departments during the University of Alberta’s professional development workshop on May 6.

“This is the first time we’ve done this at U of A, so this is something new for us in terms of our leadership and program development workshop,” said Chris Cheeseman, vice-provost and associate vice-president for human resource services.

“I think it went great. I think they all had a really great time, and the surprise at the end was when the kids came in — that just blew everybody away.”

Bike mechanics were also on hand to ensure they were ready to give out.

“I’m really happy that I got a new bike,” said 10-year-old Siem Goitom. “I had a bike, but someone stole it.”

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