Cycling for a Cause
Some area bicycle clubs and bicyclists decided to combine riding for recreation with raising money to fight hunger. The result was over $30,000 to help Harry Chapin Food Bank.
First there was the Naples Velo Bicycle Club, which raised $10,700. Then the Bonita Bay Bicycle Club, inspired by the Naples club, held their own ride. On one three-day weekend, 65 club members rode a total of 3,036 miles and raised $4,300.
Finally, Mike Brown, a member of the Naples Velo club, decided to hold his own three-day bike challenge and raise money from friends and neighbors sponsoring him by the mile. He rode more than 360 miles and raised $16,800!
“When I viewed the television coverage of the high demand for food bank services – I wanted find a way to help people in our community in trouble, and the Harry Chapin Food Bank is a wonderful institution that provides an invaluable service to the Southwest Florida community,” Mike said.