Would you attempt to bike 360 miles to help stop the abuse of children? Child abuse advocates hope you will.
On October 16, 2013, representatives and supporters of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois are asking individuals and businesses to take the challenge to help raise funds and awareness for the work done to combat child sexual and physical abuse throughout Illinois.
Stop the Cycle of Abuse Ride, championed by Antioch residents John Frugo and Lynette Garrett, aims to raise $150,000 to help support the programs and services provided by 38 CACs throughout the state.
“We are so pleased to be working with John and Lynette to create a signature event for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois to support the 39 CACs throughout Illinois who, last year, were referred over 10,000 children for forensic interviewing, medical and mental health services, and advocacy and case coordination,” says Billie Larkin, Executive Director of CACI. “We’re also thrilled that Governor Quinn has stepped forward to be part of such an important initiative, acting as Grand Marshall for the event.”
The six day event, covering 360 miles along historic Route 66, begins at the Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County in Hoffman Estates on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. The ride will conclude at the St. Louis Charter School in St. Louis Missouri on Monday, October 21, 2013 where more than 1,000 students and teachers will rally to greet participants as they finish the event.
Avid cyclists and occasional riders are encouraged to register as individuals or part of a team. The event, presented in six segments, will have riders biking 60 miles each day, stopping in Joliet, Pontiac, Bloomington, Springfield, Staunton and St. Louis, Missouri.
“It has been said that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18. Helping children and families heal from this trauma and break the cycle of abuse is our number one goal,” explains Tony Holly, CACI’s Director of Development. “We are well aware that raising $150,000 between now and October is a serious endeavor; but we are confident this goal can be reached if we all work together.”
Registration per rider is $25 before August 1, 2013. The fee increases to $35 after August 1st. Once registered, each individual or team may begin fundraising. Participants may choose to bike as many of the six stages as they want, each stage requiring a minimum of $200 in pledges or donations. Riders who participate in all six stages will need to raise a minimum of $1,000. Riders will be responsible for submitting their fundraising balance prior to event check in.
“This event is a fantastic way for individuals and potential sponsors to get involved at many levels,” says Larkin. “Whether biking 60 miles or 360 miles, each person has the chance to make a positive difference in the lives of children they may never have the chance to meet.”
To register or donate to the our team (N/NW Cook County CAC), visit www.stopthecycle.net. For more information about CACI or Stop the Cycle Ride volunteer opportunities contact Tony Holly, Director of Development for CACI at 217-528-2224 or visit www.cacionline.org.
Wed, July 10, 2013
by Jenn Djordjevic filed under
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