Third Annual “RIDING FOR HOPE”

riding.hope.logoThe Third Annual “RIDING FOR HOPE” is set to take place on May 2, 2015, in Simi Valley, and traveling Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Oak Park, and Agoura. Right in time for National Bicycle Month, the ever popular sport is sweeping across the nation in organized events. Simi Valley has joined in this phenomenon of local groups finding unique ways to celebrate their diverse bike cultures and community pride. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, the numbers of riders and families with bikes has tripled in the past 6 years.

“RIDING FOR HOPE” is a family – oriented FUN Ride, but is also for the intermediate and expert rider, and not a race, that will benefit the Samaritan Center of Simi Valley, who help the needs of local homeless individuals, and those at risk. Reneé Frumkin, founder of the annual event, has been working with the Samaritan Center for 6 years. By combining her skills, talents and connections, the event is set for another successful adventure.

To register for the ride for the homeless you are directed to the website at www.rideforthehomeless.org. The ride starts at different times: 100 mile course starts at 7:00 am., 62 & 50 mile course starts at 7:30 am, 25 mile course starts at 8:00 am, and the 5 & 10 mile starts at 8:30 am. The start and finish line is at 3855-A Alamo St., Simi Valley, CA 93063, next to the DMV.

Upon completion of the desired course, all participants will be invited to a BBQ provided by the Knights of Columbus, music and the opportunity to join in a raffle to help raise more funds.

Frumkin, an avid cyclist and triathlete, is a case manager at the Samaritan Center. Out of her love for riding, she founded the annual bike ride for families and cyclist to come out and join in the community event. She challenges “the riders”, to raise additional funds for the homeless by obtaining sponsors for their ride. “All funds will go towards housing and helping those in need” states Frumkin.

“Riding for Hope” is looking for volunteers to help with the course of events. Volunteers can can go to www.JustServe.org and register to volunteer from one of the many opportunities. From there you will have a personal contact that will give you details on the events. Any organization looking to sponsor the event is directed to the website for instructions and opportunities or to call (805) 579-9166.

The Samaritan Center, a non-profit daytime drop-in facility that provides basic humanitarian services—such as food, a shower, clothing, housing, ID’s, birth certificates, car repairs, bus passes, personal incidentals for clients —as well as long-term case management to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

For more information please go to www.rideforthehomeless.org or call The Samaritan Center at (805) 579-9166 and ask for Renee’ Frumkin. The Samaritan Center relies largely upon private donations from individuals and organizations; this funding accounts for 75% of the Center’s total income. If you wish to make a monetary donation, please send it to P.O. Box 940568, Simi Valley, CA 93094 or go the website. Thank you in advance for your contribution. All donations are tax-deductible. Non-profit Tax ID: 77-0321181.

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