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Biking event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County| Gill

Jul 10 2016

walking_and_cyclingThe morning of cycling through the scenic hills of Franklin County will begin and end on the campus of the school in Gill. It features a family- friendly 10-mile ride and scenic 25- and 50-mile routes.

GILL -Here’s a big way you can help little children: Participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County’s fifth annual biking event on Sunday, July 24, at Northfield Mount Hermon School.

The morning of cycling through the scenic hills of Franklin County will begin and end on the campus of the school in Gill. It features a family- friendly 10-mile ride and scenic 25- and 50-mile routes.

The first ride begins at 8:30 a.m.

There is a $40 registration fee, and there are discounts for youth and children who ride.

A shorter campus ride will take place at 11 a.m. for $15 per rider with a discount for children under 12.

The first 75 riders to register will get a T-shirt and goodie bag. To register or learn about the routes, go to BikeReg: www.bikereg.com/biking-for-buddies.

The 25- and 50-mile rides will take participants through the scenic Upper Pioneer Valley, including the towns of Montague, Northfield and Greenfield. “The event often draws riders from outside the area as the valley is well known for its beauty,” said Danielle Letourneau-Therrien, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County.

Lunch refreshments will be provided for all riders featuring food from Hillside Pizza of Bernardston and Red Fire Farm of Granby. Non-riders may purchase lunch for a $10 donation.

 

 

Raffle tickets will be available to win a Giant Escape 3 around town bicycle courtesy of Bicycles and Skis Unlimited of Greenfield.

The fund-raising goal is $10,000.

Proceeds from Biking for Buddies fund Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County programs, which serve local children facing adversity in Franklin County and the North Quabbin.

For almost 50 years, the organization has been helping local children reach their highest potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with volunteers. It is continually seeking to serve more children who could benefit from mentors.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County currently supports more than 140 Franklin County youth in carefully matched and supported one-to-one mentoring relationships,” said Ericka Almeida, marketing and development coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County. “Our volunteer mentors are thoroughly screened community adults who go through a thorough background check, home visit and interview before being matched. No volunteer is matched with a child without the review and approval of the child’s parent or guardian.”

Mentoring is a prevention program, as children with mentors are less likely than their peers to engage in risky behaviors and have been shown to have better relationships with parents and peers and to do better in school, Almeida noted. “The most important part of any match is the time spent together. Each Little Brother or Sister knows someone else cares about them, enjoys spending time with them and lets them safely enjoy their childhood.”

Program staff will be at the biking event to take inquiries for new volunteer “Bigs” or to answer questions.

To learn more about becoming a mentor, call 413-772-0915 or visit www.bbbs-fc.org.

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