Starting the journey at the Pacific Ocean
LVs Ride kicked off its 3,400-mile journey Thursday, June 16 in Warrenton, OR. Approximately 16 riders took part in the first 46 miles of the route from Warrenton, OR to Clatskanie, OR. They were anxious to hit the route after days of preparing for the ride to start. The riders began by letting their bikes touch the Pacific Ocean and posing for plenty of pictures before pedaling off on their first day of cycling east.
LVs Ride is an effort to raise awareness of the staggering state of poverty in America today. It will take the bicyclist across 13 states from Oregon to New Jersey. Regional and day riders will join ten national bicyclists at various points during the June 14 to August 14 cross-country ride.
While the ride raises awareness and funds for Lasallian Volunteers, it also aims to highlight poverty in America and to encourage people nationwide to connect with their communities through service. The riders will live that message as they participate in service projects in various cities. “Although raising money to continue our work with underserved students is vital, we also hope to inspire people we meet along our route to use their talents and interests to help those in need,” said LV Development Director Mari Anzicek, who is also a Ride Coordinator and a National Rider. “Hours of volunteering add up and create change.”
To date, LVs Ride has raised approximately $67,700 of its $100,000 goal. That money funds the cost of the ride and supports the work of the Lasallian Volunteers. Find out more, including how to donate, at www.lvsride.com.
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