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Bike Ride for Haiti 2017

Submitted by Clark Judge.

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A small team from Outreach to Haiti will start a five-day, 337-mile bike ride on Sept. 25, 2017, touching five of the six New England states, to raise awareness and funds to support the mission in Haiti.  Killingworth resident Dan O’Sullivan will complete the entire ride for the third time, while another town resident, Clark Judge, will join it on Thursday, Sept. 28.

The goal is to raise money for the installation of solar power in the new Norwich Outreach Center (with construction to start early this fall).  The center has been in the planning stage for several years, with a capital campaign that reached and exceeded its target in late 2016.  However, previously undiscovered earthquake damage was uncovered earlier this year, which increased the cost of building.

The hope is that enough money has been raised to complete the building and that this money will be used for solar power.  If not, however, new donations would be used to complete the building.

Solar power is a great power source for Haiti.  With the intensity of the sun, the system would quickly pay for itself.  Besides being environmentally friendly, it would lower ongoing operating costs, allowing more money to be applied directly to helping patients and students.

With the annual bike ride in its third year, the total distance ridden will surpass 1,000 miles upon its completion.  The amount raised in the first two rides is just under $40,000.  Similar success this year will greatly aid payment for a solar power system.

The ride starts around Freeport, Me., before making its way through New Hampshire, skirting Boston and into northwest Rhode Island and finishing in eastern and central Connecticut. The ride will visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral Thursday morning and be greeted by Bishop Cote, then visit St. Matthew’s parish in Tolland and Mercy High School in Middletown.  All have extended warm welcomes to the riders in previous years.

If you like to bike and want to help, it is not too late to join the ride.  An interactive link to the course can be found on the Outreach website.  You can join the entire ride … or ride for a day or less. If interested, call 860-800-3601.

If you aren’t a biker, or this doesn’t fit your schedule, you can still help by going to the website and donating — or donate by sending a check to Outreach to Haiti, 815 Boswell Ave., Norwich, CT 06360.

During the ride, check into the website each day to follow the progress.

One Response to Bike Ride for Haiti 2017

  1. Peter Sonski

    September 23, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    The route will take the bikers through Higganum Friday, Sept. 29. They’ll stop at St. Peter Church (corner Maple Ave and St Peter Lane) at 10 a.m. to talk about the needs of the people in Haiti.