Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big bike ride: Truckee trio plan 300-mile trip to raise money
Sun News Service
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; It isn’t just the 300-mile route from Fort Bragg, through Grass Valley and Nevada City up to Truckee that makes this fundraiser an impressive undertaking and#8212; it’s the fact the trio plans to ride from coast to mountain top nonstop.
and#8220;I originally thought about putting on an event, but then I thought it would be more inspirational to the people involved to push myself and others to the limit, to set an example for the kids involved that you can always do more, do better, try harder and get involved in something that’s good,and#8221; said Hardy Bullock, the cyclist who came up with the ride. and#8220;So riding nonstop across the state from the ocean to the top of the mountains made sense.and#8221;
Bullock, an employee of Truckee Tahoe Airport who grew up in Nevada City, first raised funds on two wheels for the youth program last summer by participating in the Everest Challenge, a two-day bike ride along the eastern Sierra that climbed a cumulative 29,000 feet; the height of Mt. Everest.
He collected about $2,200 last year. This year, with the addition of friends and teammates on the Elijah Bleu’s cycling team and#8212; Carey Thrasher and Ken Bossung and#8212; Bullock said he hopes to raise $7,000. They’ve raised approximately $4,500 so far.
and#8220;I believe in the work that Big Brothers Big Sisters does. They offer everybody in the community a way to help kids at the most important time in their lives,and#8221; Bullock said.
That funding has the potential to create five new matches between and#8220;bigsand#8221; and and#8220;littles,and#8221; said Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Dena Valin, adding to the 150 matches county-wide.
and#8220;I just can’t imagine what he’s doing. He really wants to raise awareness and his way is to do something grand that not many could accomplish,and#8221; Valin said of Bullock. and#8220;He’s letting people know what we do and I hope he inspires more people to mentor.and#8221;
Big Brothers Big Sisters typically pairs adults, and some high school students, as and#8220;bigs,and#8221; with children 6 to 18 years old as and#8220;littles,and#8221; for a year or more of activities three to four times a month.
Put a team together for a Halloween season event: The Bowl For Kidsand#8217; Sake Superhero Bowl, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at Bowl Incline. Bowl For Kidsand#8217; Sake is the signature event of Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the nation, with thousands of bowlers forming teams and supporting the mentoring that Big Brothers Big Sisters makes possible. The inaugural Tahoe edition of this hilarious event will take place the Saturday before Halloween with a superhero theme and#8212; the perfect excuse to dress up and have fun bowling with friends and soon-to-be-new-friends. To learn more about becoming a bowler, forming a bowling team, or be a Lane Sponsor visit http://www.bigsofnc.org/BFKSIncline.asp or get in touch with BBBSNC Board Member Paul Raymore at (530) 426-2691 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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