June 5, 2015

Cold, rainy, windy, awesome! – The 7th Annual Lund Ride for Children

Posted in 50 Joy Drive, Donor Spotlight, Events tagged , , , , , at 10:54 am by Lund

Look at the raindrops flying from the speeding wheels of these dedicated 55 mile cyclists!

Look at the raindrops flying from the speeding wheels of these dedicated 55 mile cyclists! PHOTO: Julie Richards Photography

It takes a very dedicated cyclist to come out in the rain and unseasonable cold conditions that we saw last Sunday during the 7th Annual Ride for Children presented by NorthCountry Federal Credit Union.  This year’s ride was filled with them!  Serious cyclists who love the route, bike enthusiasts who were ready for a challenge and many dedicated friends of Lund whose enthusiasm for our work couldn’t be quashed by a few raindrops. Then a few more.  Intrepid bikers took on 55 mile, 30 mile and 16 mile routes through South Burlington, Shelburne, Charlotte and Ferrisburgh and well waterproofed families took on the 4 mile route along the South Burlington Recreation Path.  All rides ended at Lund’s Hoehl Family Building on Joy Drive in South Burlington where there was warm food, uplifting live music from teacher Collin Cope’s band Rumblecat and fun activities for children.  It really was a wet day but the big smiles and positive energy of the riders and volunteers made it great.

Here are some testimonies from riders:
“As Vermonters, we are used to inclement weather and my feeling of connection to Lund’s mission meant that I would ride regardless, but during the ride I continued to think how much more pleasant the ride would have been if it was sunny.  Having a couple days distance from the ride, I realized that having to struggle through the ride gave me a different kind of connection and a metaphor for thinking about what Lund’s clients might be experiencing with their journeys.  When utilizing Lund’s services there may not be a lot of sunny days and it takes a tremendous amount of perseverance to move forward when it is pouring rain and you are headed into the wind but there is a tremendous feeling of triumph that comes with completing the journey.”   – Stephanie

“My name is Ella Byers and I am 10 years old.  I have done the Lund Bike Ride for the past 6 years.  This year, it was raining, but my friends still came to support the Lund.   I have fun with my family and friends, but that’s not the only reason I do the ride.  I do it because I think everybody deserves a happy family, who loves and supports them.  Every time I go to the event, I am proud of myself and everyone else who is participating.” – Ella

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Ella and friends having fun despite the rain. PHOTO: Julie Richards Photography

 

“We had a blast riding for Lund on Sunday! It was cold, it was rainy, it was windy, it was AWESOME! We smiled the whole way and can’t wait for the ride next year!”  – Julia

“Will Curtis (7) made sure his dad was up and on time for the ride. Shaking off a few raindrops and a little chill was easy enough once they got going, especially when there are police cars to see, downhill stretches (and a bridge!) to speed down and even what appeared to 7-year old eyes a rainforest or Ewok village terrain (depending on your preference) on the way to Szymaski Park. Every rider had a smile on their face and these two “pedal-powered” their way right back to the start for ice cream and a burrito wrap to cap things off. All in all, a great way to spend the morning all in support of Vermont families and a terrific agency.”  – Will and Chris

Will and his Dad getting ready to take off from the Family Ride rest stop

Will and his Dad getting ready to take off from the Family Ride rest stop

All the money raised from this ride, over $83,000 so far, will go to support Lund’s education, treatment, adoption and family support services that help over 1,500 families in Vermont each year.

Here at Lund we have spent the week sorting out and putting away equipment from the ride, pulling raffle winners, returning items we borrowed from community members, writing thank yous and sharing wonderful photos and video from the event.  As we go through all of these wrapping up activities we are all filled with huge amounts of admiration and gratitude for the riders who participated and worked hard to reach their fundraising goals, the volunteers who braved the conditions to be ready for all the jobs that needed to be done and our generous sponsors who support helped to make the event possible.   Thank you to everyone for all that you did to make this year’s Ride for Children so successful and fun.   (We hope your bike shoes have dried out and the feeling is back in your fingers!)

Don’t forget to check out Lund’s Facebook page to see wonderful pictures of the event from the marvelous Julie of Julie Richards Photography.

June 3, 2014

6th Annual Lund Ride for Children

Posted in 50 Joy Drive, Events tagged , , , , , , , , , at 4:20 pm by Lund

Many people said it was the best bike ride yet.  Perhaps it was the beautiful weather – clear blue skies and sunshine.  Perhaps it was the live band – Something with Strings featuring one of our very own preschool teachers on harmonica.  Perhaps it was the more than 200 riders who came out to show their support for Vermont’s women, children and families by participating in our bike ride.  Perhaps the great support of our generous sponsors.  Perhaps a combination of all of those things.    Whatever the reason, Sunday June 1st was a very special day for Lund and we are so thankful to everyone who rode, volunteered or sponsored this event.  So far we have raised almost $52,000 and fundraising is still going until the end of June.  The money raised will go directly to support our programs in adoption, treatment, family support and education.

Riders took on the 55 mile route down as far as Grosse Point in Ferrisburgh, the 30 mile route through Charlotte, 16 miles through Shelburne or the 4 mile family ride on the South Burlington bike path.  They were greeted on their return to Joy Drive with a party featuring music, face painting, a bouncy house, burritos from Boloco, Ben and Jerry’s, Local Motion helmet decorating, Liz Lovely cookies, giant chutes and ladders from Let’s Grow Kids and so much more.  Repeat rider and Lund Board Member Sara Byers said, “Looking back at 5 years of riding the Lund bike ride with my husband and daughter, I am overwhelmed by the importance of Lund’s work.  Supporting Lund means that 170 children just last year, who were previously living in foster care, have forever families.  It means that there is a place in Vermont where women can seek help for substance abuse and mental illness WITH their children.  It means that more children thrive, more cycles of poverty, addiction and abuse are broken and more families experience joy.  As the ride departs from Joy Drive, and you feel the pride of knowing you made a difference, you, yourself, are filled with joy.” 

It was a wonderful day celebrating family, exercise, summer and an organization that has been helping Vermont families for over 120 years.   Thank you to our sponsors – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, NBT Bank, PC Construction, Starbucks, Boloco, North Star Sports, Ben and Jerry’s, Local Motion, Fletcher Allen Orthopedics and Rehabilitation,  General Dynamics, Northfield Savings Bank, Shelburne Supermarket, Stoner-Andrews, JB Kennedy Associates, Hannaford, Terry Bicycles, WCAX, Mix 102.3 and Free Press Media.

Enjoy the pictures below.

Enthusiastic 55 mile riders

Enthusiastic 55 mile riders

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And they’re off…

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Happy family team, ready to hop on the bike path and take on the family ride.

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Executive Director of Lund, Barbara Rachelson with Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger as he starts the Family Ride.

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Lund Preschool Teacher Collin Cope and his band, ‘Something with Strings’

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Seems like summer is here at the Lund Ride for Children

May 19, 2014

Burlington VT Mom’s Blog promotes Lund’s Ride for Children

Posted in Events tagged , , , at 12:12 pm by Lund

Our friends over at Burlington VT Mom’s Blog are featuring the bike ride on their blog and recruiting members to join their team.  The 6th Annual Ride for Children is a great event for families with kids’ activities, free ice cream, bike safety tips from Local Motion, a bounce house, Joey the Clown, a live band and more.  It’s a fun way to introduce kids to doing something for other people and working hard themselves to help out others.  You can read more about the bike ride over at the Burlington VT Mom’s Blog.

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See you on Sunday June 1st!