The second annual North Manchester “Ride for Riley Kids” bicycle event, held during 2013 Funfest in August, attracted riders from five counties. The 50-mile and five mile Family Fun rides had the most participants. There was also a 30-mile route. All rides departed from Manchester Elementary School. The bike riders traveled through scenic agricultural areas as well as the communities of Liberty Mills, Bippus, Servia and Urbana. The residents of those communities saw bikers wearing florescent yellow “Ride for Riley” t-shirts provided by local business co-sponsors. Ride co-sponsors also provided funds for refreshments that were served to the 30 and 50-mile riders at points along the route. Refreshments were also waiting for all riders when they reached the finish line at the elementary school.
This year’s “Ride for Riley Kids” yielded over $1200, which is the largest amount raised to date from the bicycle event held by the North Manchester Kiwanis Club. The proceeds will be sent to the Indiana District of Kiwanis where they will be part of the District’s two-year pledge of $1,000,000 to Riley Children’s Hospital for their “Path to a Cure” project. “Path to a Cure” is raising funds for Juvenile Diabetes research. According to local Kiwanis President and event chair Dennis Briner, “The Kiwanis Club plans to continue the bike ride as a Funfest event with all future proceeds supporting the important work of Riley Children’s Hospital. We are grateful to all of our co- sponsors who made the ride and the amount of our donation to Riley possible.”
Kiwanis began in North Manchester in 1921. For more than 90 years, Kiwanis has served the community in countless ways. For more information about Kiwanis you may visit their website: www.northmanchesterkiwanis.org.