KEF KIDS was founded in 2006 and has grown from just 4 children to servicing over 100 children and young adults with various special needs across the UK. As KEF KIDS has grown, so has our shortfall! Seven years ago, a group of six men volunteered to fundraise for KEF KIDS on Purim and the MONKEEZ were born! They have become a much-loved and welcome entertainment at group parties, and donors’ responses have been heartwarming. When they saw the level of commitment that the community was showing, this inspired Motti Stimler, one of the founder “Monkeez” to take fundraising for KEF KIDS to another level, and open it to the entire community in the form of a sponsored Bikeathon. The response was phenomenal and BIKE4KEF has evolved into a much anticipated and compulsory yearly occurrence for a growing number of participants and supporters!
Last year we found ourselves in the midst of a pandemic with so many restrictions in place that it seemed unlikely that BIKE4KEF would take place. However, with modification and the perseverence and commitment of riders and supporters alike, a one-day ride took place in July 2020 and funds raised surpassed those of previous years. KEF KIDS continues to be humbled and full of gratitude to all our loyal participants who ensure the continuity of services and the organisation is thriving.
Setting this year’s target at £750,000.00, we aim to continue the momentum of upward growth that this exciting project has enjoyed thus far, both in terms of funds raised, and in terms of participants. KEF KIDS’s respite support for its families has been a lifeline over the past year, and the organisation has constantly ensured that every child is able to participate, whether in person, virtually or via constant care packages. Working in different ways puts additional strain on KEF KIDS’s budget - and the funds from BIKE4KEF have always been KEF KIDS’s main source of income. Our BIKE4KEF riders are our ambassadors - and this year every rider’s commitment to reach and surpass their individual goals will be even more important. We anticipate maximum participation and appreciate all your efforts!