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A New Habitat500 Fundraising Record...Thanks to You!

Posted: 2008-08-29 10:21:39

This year’s Habitat 500 was another great bike ride. It is not easy to compare one ride with another. They all have a number of hills. This year's ride was relatively flat. There is always wind. Sometimes it’s a head wind and sometimes it’s a tail wind. Usually there is some rain. I got soaked twice this year. Overall, I enjoyed the ride a lot.

There were ten riders and two volunteers from North St. Louis County on this year's ride. There were also some mishaps. Emma Jaynes from Hibbing got some road rash. Jon Siman from south of Eveleth was picked up in an ambulance and spent several hours in a hospital after suffering a concussion. Jon's helmet, which was broken in the crash, did what it was designed to do. It kept Jon alive and prevented permanent brain damage. It makes no difference how old you are or how far you are going. You should always wear a helmet when riding a bike.

The Habitat 500 is more than just a bike ride. It is an important fund raising event for Habitat for Humanity affiliates all over the United States. Habitat 500 riders have raised more than 3.2 million dollars over the sixteen years of the ride. This year was North St. Louis County's best year by far for fund raising. This year supporters donated nearly $20,000 which is $6,000 better than our previous best year.

People generally support the ride because they know one of the riders, because they know a Habitat for Humanity home owner family, or simply because they are convinced that people ought to have simple, decent, affordable places to live.

On behalf of North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity I would like to thank this year’s bike riders, this year's volunteers, those who helped us with the fund raising effort and those who contributed. Without the contributors it would just be a bike ride and I probably would not even bother to sign up every year. I thank God for good health and the ability to ride 500 miles at age 56, and I thank each and every contributor for making it possible for North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity to make the dream of home ownership come true for area families.

Brian Birk
board member, bike rider