In the last five years the micro scooter has become a very popular toy in the UK, and it is estimated that in the last five years nearly one million have been sold in the UK alone.
When it comes to modern childhood, the micro scooter is certainly become an aspect that has become ever prevalent in the last few years.
The question many parents are going to be asking, and perhaps children too, is what is going to happen to the scooters after the child has grown out of it.
Until recently it was simply the case that they would either be thrown away, or recycled, but now another option is available as it is possible to send the scooters to children in Kenya.
The company is encouraging people to send any Micro Scooters no longer in use back to their UK HQ. Each scooter will then be safety checked and refurbished before being sent to the Tumaini Children’s Home in Kenya.
Tumaini – www.tumainichildrenshome.com – is an orphanage for children whose parents have died of aids. Many of the youngsters also suffer from the disease themselves. The children have few, if any, toys and spend 365 days a year in the same location following the same routine.
Micro Scooters took a scooter to the orphanage earlier this year. Not only did the children love the Mini Micro, they even fought over the packaging because they are so deprived of playthings. Their plight touched everyone at Micro Scooters UK.
The company is planning to ship 60 scooters at the end of the year ensuring each child at the orphanage has their very own to play with. Micro Scooters UK will also host Tumaini’s first-ever Christmas Party at which the scooters will be handed over by Santa himself.
Micro Scooters UK is encouraging each family that sends a scooter to include a letter to the children at the orphanage adding a personal touch to their donation. If the scheme proves a success, Micro Scooters UK will roll it out to children’s homes in other third world countries.
Commenting on the scheme, founders of Micro Scooters UK, Anna Gibson and Philippa Gogarty, said:
“As mums ourselves, we know how invaluable scooters have been for our children. We hope that Scooter Aid can help less fortunate children rediscover their childhood through play – a gift no child should be without”.
Anyone who has a Micro Scooter they wish to donate to the scheme can visit www.micro-scooters.co.uk/community to download a postal return slip to send their scooter completely free of charge.