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Your Support is Deeply Appreciated

Posted: 2008-05-23 11:19:07

Dear friend of Habitat for Humanity,


During the Habitat 500 bike ride some of the riders do more than simply peddle their bicycles 500 miles. Some of the folks also perform for the Habitat 500 Follies on one of the last evenings of the ride. Some are very talented while others will need to make sure and keep their day job. Last year I made up a song called the “Habitat 500 Blues”. I borrowed the melody from Johnny Cash's “Folsom Prison Blues”. I sang about buying a bungee cord in Reno, exchanging my bicycle wheels for railroad car wheels and snagging a ride behind a locomotive bound for St. Louis. When someone asked about how long it took for me to compose the lyrics, I answered “about two hundred miles”. The lyrics are evidence that I may have become mentally unhinged peddling that far in the hot sun last year.

I don't do the ride just to be in the Habitat 500 Follies. I don't do the ride simply for the exercise. I do the ride because I believe that people need to have a simple, decent place to live. The Habitat 500 is an important fund raising event. The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity benefits the most from the ride. They have more bike riders sign up than any other affiliate. In the six rides from 2002 to 2007 they raised $355,140 for their affiliate. You may be surprised to know that our affiliate was second during that same time period raising $78,112. We have a good crew of faithful bike riders and we have had tremendous support from people like you.

Some people support the ride because they know one or more of the bike riders. Some people support the ride because they know one or more of homeowner families or because we are planning to build a home in their community this year. Others support the ride simply because they believe that people need simple, decent homes in which to live.

This year North St. Louis County will have at least ten riders participating in the Habitat 500. Each rider must pay a registration fee and must raise a minimum of $800 to participate in the bike ride. If you decide to join the ride we will have one more rider and that will mean more funds for building homes. This year we plan to build a home in Aurora, Midway, Soudan and two homes in Hibbing.

We appreciate any past support that you have given us. We hope that you will make another generous donation this year. We also appreciate prayer support. Please pray for the safety of our volunteers, for our homeowners and for our bike riders. And, thank you again. Thank you on behalf of the riders, the Habitat for Humanity volunteers and the homeowners. Your support is deeply appreciated.

Brian Birk