The 2001 Children's Health - Cycling stamps celebrated a form of exercise beneficial to children, no matter what their circumstances. Cycling is an ideal antidote to sedentary lifestyles, which may explain why it has been amongst New Zealand's top 10 favourite pastimes.
It's easy to understand the appeal of the bicycle. A bike is practical, efficient, cheap, healthy and easy on the planet. But most of all, it's fun. All around the world, the bicycle has been rediscovered and promoted as a means of reducing traffic congestion, and improving the environment and people's health.
In New Zealand, in the past, cycling has enjoyed a boom fuelled by mountain bikes. The emergence of the mountain bike made it possible for cyclists to venture into areas previously inaccessible to wheeled transport. It attracted thousands of people back into cycling, and introduced thousands more to the joy of exploring on two wheels.
The bicycle is a vehicle for our times – quiet, non-polluting, healthy, economical, convenient and fun.
As H. G. Wells put it, "When I see a person on a bicycle I have hope for the human race."
Both gummed stamps were featured in the miniature sheet. This sheet was presented in a round bicycle wheel die-cut featuring cycle spokes, in keeping with the overall theme of the issue.
Choice of First Day Covers
The Children's Health 2001 issue included two first day covers. The cover portraying the two young cyclists on the beach has the die-cut miniature sheet affixed.
The other first day cover in the series portrayed a cyclist and his dog. It featured the complete set of stamps.
The sheetlet featured ten 40+5 cent Family Time gummed stamps with a red selvedge.
The 40+5 cent self-adhesive Out Riding stamp was available in dispenser boxes of 100, ideal for anyone who used mail regularly.
How Health Stamps Help Children's Health Camps
Thousands of children from disadvantaged or difficult home environments enjoy 'time out' in one of New Zealand's seven Health Camps every year. And since 1929, ordinary New Zealanders and collectors here and overseas have lent a hand in buying Health stamps.
One again, you could support this work, and enjoy a colourful new series of photographic stamps, with the 2001 Children's Health issue.
The extra 5 cents applied to each of these stamps went directly to the support of Children's Health Camps.
A Tradition of Healthy Living
For decades, Health Camps have provided a caring, supportive and healthy environment where children learn to manage their own health needs, can be helped to develop social skills and build peer relationships.
Children take part in a range of programmes developed to meet specific needs, from personal health care and safety to exploring ways of using leisure time.
Each camp also has a school attached, where children get special support help with their learning. Small classes and tailored programmes help them escape personal stresses and begin to feel positive about learning and themselves.
Parent education training in the camps supports work with children, helping ensure the benefits are spread as far as possible into the community.
Product Listing for 2001 Children's Health - Cycling
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|Date of issue:||1 August 2001|
|Number of stamps:||Two gummed and one self-adhesive stamp|
|Denominations and designs:||Gummed: 40c + 5c Family Time, 90c + 5c Catching Air; Self-adhesive: 40c + 5c Out Riding|
|Miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Comm Arts Design, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four|
|First day cover size:||102mm x 206mm|
|Miniature sheet first day cover size:||120mm X 206mm|
|Stamp size and format:||Gummed: 30mm x 40mm (horizontal); Self-adhesive: 25mm x 30mm (horizontal)|
|Sheetlet:||180mm x 110mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Gummed: De la Rue 103gsm red phosphor coated stamp paper; Self-adhesive: JAC stamp non detection PS1 B90 paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||50|
|Perforation gauge:||14 x 14|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in A and B format.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 31 July 2002.|