Friday, August 1, 2014

Spokes for Hope: A Charity Bike-Ride to Benefit Voices of Hope

The women of Sheclismo are committed to the power of women helping women. Voices of Hope is a vital piece of the Lincoln community, providing invaluable support for women and families in the city. If you're free on August 30th, consider riding in their Spokes 4 Hope fundraiser! Children are welcome, too!

Ride a scenic stretch of Lincoln’s extensive trail network and help fund a vital, local non-profit! Spokes for Hope is a 6, 7, or 12 mile charity bike ride to raise money for Voices of Hope, a Lincoln non-profit organization that provides 24-hour-a-day crisis intervention, advocacy and prevention services for domestic violence, sexual assault and incest.

The bike ride takes place on Saturday, August 30th. Riders will meet at Antelope Park at 9:00 A.M. for check-in. The ride will begin at 9:30 A.M. and will conclude once all riders have finished their routes (the six mile route takes forty minutes, the seven mile route takes fifty, and the twelve mile route takes about an hour and twenty minutes to complete).

“This fundraiser is an event that gives the people of Lincoln an opportunity to support our agency while enjoying a fun and affordable family event,” says Executive Director Marcee Metzger. “All of our services, including our 24-hour crisis line, 24-hour advocacy in response to calls from hospitals and law enforcement, daily walk-in services for safety planning and crisis counseling, and support groups are provided free of charge. We could not provide these services without the support of our community through events such as Spokes for Hope.”

Riders will gather in the west parking lot at Antelope Park at 9:00A.M.. The ride will follow the Billy Wolff trail system north, past the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, the capitol, Union Plaza and Trago Park. From Vine Street, riders can either follow the A Route another half-mile to UNL, or follow the B Route east one mile to Peter Pan Park. Riders will then turn around and return to the park for refreshments. Spokes for Hope has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of the following Lincoln businesses: Screen Ink, Polkadot Bicycles, Printing Plus, Liberty First Credit Union, Russ's Market, and Open Harvest Coop.

Riders can register online at or by printing and mailing the registration form (available on the website) along with a check to Voices of Hope, 2545 N Street, Lincoln, NE 68510. Registration is $15 for adults ($20 with a shirt) and $10 for children 5-12 ($15 with a shirt). Children under 5 ride free. Riders' entire registration fee will be donated to Voices of Hope to help cover their operating costs. Contact Patsy Martin, Voices of Hope’s Communications Coordinator for questions or to arrange for interviews.

Patsy Martin

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