Volunteers Complete 3,400 Mile Bike Tour Across the U.S.

Two retirees finish cross-county ride raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity

Savannah, Ga. – Two dedicated Habitat for Humanity volunteers will complete a 3,400 miles cross-county bicycle tour to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity and the need for affordable housing. The 74-day journey will end when the two riders cross the finishing line on Wednesday, July 22 with a celebration held by the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity in Savannah at the Habitat ReStore (701 Martin Luther King Boulevard). Dubbed “Cycle of Hope” the goal is to raise $250,000 to fund the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes while raising awareness for the need for affordable housing. The ride began in the San Francisco Bay Area at Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley’s 20-home development in Martinez, CA and will end in Savannah, GA. The Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity will greet & honor the riders at 10:00am with a ceremonial event before they proceed to dip their tires in the Atlantic Ocean at Tybee Island. The public is invited to attend.

These volunteers are no ordinary riders. Both are retirees, well into their 70s, and both are veterans of previous rides. Bob Frick (78) is a retired Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank of America and actively serves on boards of nonprofit and for-profit entities. Len Holmes retired after a successful 35-year career in the packaging and consulting industry. In 2008, Bob rode 3,300 miles from San Diego, CA, to St. Augustine, FL, raising over $80,000 (Cycle of Hope I). In 2012, Bob and Len biked 3,000 miles across the U.S. following the Lewis and Clark trail from Portland, Oregon to St. Louis, Missouri and raised over $180,000 (Cycle of Hope II). Bob and Len set their sights even higher with a $250,000 goal to build two Habitat for Humanity homes in their hometown.

Both men are inspired by Habitat’s mission. “Habitat is a group that promotes a hand up, not a hand out,” says Bob. “New Habitat homeowners are hardworking people who put in approximately 500 hours of sweat equity before we sell them a house.” Len adds, “A lot of people don’t realize that Habitat is equally an educational institution, teaching people how to own a home, how to finance it, how to build equity. And the financial security these families gain has a positive impact on the larger community.”

Cycle of Hope III kicked off May 9th from Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley’s 20-unit development at Muir Ridge in Martinez, California.

“This is so exciting that Savannah is the ending point for this celebration & we are thrilled to have these fine partners with Habitat share their journey with the people of the Coastal Empire.”, exclaimed Michael Weathers, Executive Director of the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity.

To learn more about the Cycle of Hope, follow along with Bob and Len’s journey, or to donate, please visit http://www.habitatebsv.org/, or like us on Facebook.

About Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity

The Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity, located in Savannah, Georgia, and an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1983 and has opened the door to home ownership to 123 families throughout Savannah. Anyone interested in volunteering or contributing to Habitat Savannah’s mission is encouraged to call Habitat for Humanity at 912.353.8122 or visit us at www.HabitatSavannah.org.

About Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley

As an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat EBSV’s mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.  They revitalize neighborhoods, build affordable and sustainable housing solutions, and empower families through successful homeownership.  Since 1986, Habitat EBSV has partnered with volunteers, the community, and qualified families with limited incomes to strengthen communities in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties. For more information about our wide range of programs, please visit HabitatEBSV.org or call 866-450-4432.

Media Contact:

Michael Weathers

Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity

912.353.8122

Weathers@HabitatSavannah.org

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