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'Bike Shenandoah' raises over $18,000
14 Oct 1998 13:58:58
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October 14, 1998
Mennonite Board of Missions
First ever 'Bike Shenandoah' raises over $18,000 for mission
HARRISONBURG, Va. (MBM, MCC, and VMBM) - Planners for the first "Bike
Shenandoah" fund-raiser had hoped to raise between $10 - 15,000 through
an October 3 Shenandoah Valley bicycling event to equally benefit
Mennonite Board of Missions, Mennonite Central Committee, and Virginia
Board of Missions.
But the event brought in more than $18,000, and one of the planners
called it "a smashing success," with enthusiastic bikers enjoying their
choice of 5
trips in Harrisonburg or Rockingham County.
A total of 107 riders took part in at least one phase of the ride. An
additional group of forty including 4-6 year-old children, parents and
grandparents participated in a one mile leg in the area surrounding
Eastern Mennonite High School, where bikers started and returned. The
longest route was 100 miles, through rural areas of Rockingham County
(Virginia's second largest
county) including rest stops at numerous congregations in rural areas.
"We wanted to tie this mission fund raising event in to the
the rest stops they provided were very much appreciated," said John
Kreider, MBM Development staff person based in Harrisonburg, who had the
original idea for the trip.
Other routes took riders on 62, 30, 10 or 5 miles trips respectively. The
bikers came from as far away as Indiana, and included seven from
Pennsylvania and one from North Carolina.
"There was strong affirmation for another trip next year, now planned for
last Saturday in September, " said Kreider. "There was also encouragement
for the broader church to do something like this with 3-way fund raisers
between MBM, MCC and the local conference or mission board."
Paul Yoder, John Jantzi, Myron Lind, Nick Acosta, and Kimberlee
Greenawalt all helped to coordinate the event.
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