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Cycling for Change – The Ultimate Ride to Change America
One in eight Americans lives below the poverty line and the number is increasing. Cycling for Change is a nationwide endeavor to reduce poverty in the United States. Teams of inspired cyclists and community volunteers led by Fr. Matt Ruhl, SJ, pastor of a vibrant urban Kansas City parish, and including Jason Christensen, CEO of Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs, are already making a difference through their involvement with Cycling for Change.
In 100 days from May to September of 2010, the team will cycle from Cape Flattery, Washington, to Key West, Florida – a total of more than 5000 miles – to advocate for the poor.
Catholic Charities USA, the nation’s largest network of social service organizations, serving persons of all faiths, has initiated a multi-faceted approach to reduce poverty in the United States. The CCUSA Campaign to Reduce Poverty has an ambitious goal to decrease the number of families at or below the poverty line by 50% by 2020. The campaign stresses the need for businesses, faith-based organizations, government and individuals to work together to strategically address the systemic causes of poverty in our nation.
Freedom From Poverty Bike Ride
In addition to the national Cycling for Change ride, Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs will be hosting the “ Freedom from Poverty” ride, which will benefit those in our community who need help the most.
The local back-to-back metric century ride will take place over two days, originating at the Marian House in downtown Colorado Springs on July 7th, moving north to Castle Rock to meet the national team, then returning the next day, July 8th, to Colorado Springs with the National Cycling for Change team. Additionally, there will be a Kids Bike Rodeo & Family Fun ride on day two, where families can participate in a 2 – 5 mile family ride and have their children learn bike safety. On July 8th from 1 pm to 8 pm, the Freedom from Poverty Community Celebration will be held in America the Beautiful Park. There will be food and drink – Bristol Brewery will be there with beer and root beer, music from various artists, a bike valet for all who what to come to the event on their bikes, and much more. Check back for more detailed updates in the coming weeks.
Cost is $195 before May 5, and includes:
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Local Freedom from Poverty Route Detail
Local funds raised will be used for the vital services of Marian House where:
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