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Published: Saturday, 26.05.2012

Riding in the great outdoors at the traditional SOS Bike Tour in Lekenik

The annual Bike Tour organized by SOS Children's Village Lekenik keeps attracting more and more children and cycling fans every year. This Saturday morning, the participating cyclists took the opportunity to explore 10 kilometers of unpaved road leading through the Turopolje woods to the final destination of this event – the gamekeeper’s cabin at the bank of the Odra River.

Spending the day outdoors with the children from SOS Children's Village Lekenik were numerous friends who have been fellow travelers on this route for many years, as well as wonderful playmates in all our games.
 

SOS Children's Village Croatia has from the very beginning favored the development of athleticism in our children and leisure time spent pursuing purposeful and healthy activities. We will remember this weekend for the lovely mood that permeated the Bike Tour. For children in SOS Children's Village Lekenik, and not only for them, bicycle is the main means of transportation, providing them with freedom of movement while helping them be more effective in their daily chores or giving them a chance to enjoy themselves with their friends. Friends of SOS Children's Village Croatia contribute to this pastime throughout the year, by supporting the repair and maintenance of existing bicycles, by donating spare parts or purchasing new bicycles for our children.
 

The riders who reached the Odra River deserved a break. Children used it to run around and play, and when they returned to the SOS Children's Village Lekenik, a lunch was already waiting for them – goulash from a big cauldron and sausages in puff pastry. After lunch, the children tried their hand at various sports. While they were testing their bicycle skills at the training range and playing football, the playground rang with children’s laughter and cheering.
 

Mario Čović, the director of SOS Children's Village Lekenik, could not hide his satisfaction with the organization of the Bike Tour and the response to it. “By encouraging children to spend their free time outdoors, playing sports and having fun together, we want to instill in them love for nature and environment, athletic spirit and sense of togetherness. Happiness on our children’s faces and trust we receive from the friends of SOS Children's Village Croatia are reward enough for us, motivating us to double our efforts in the future.”
 

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