Online registration for the Lund Ride and Walk for Children presented by NorthCountry Federal Credit Union is open until next Wednesday – May 10th. Have you signed up yet? Register here
Lund’s Ride for Children is in its 9th year and over the years has become an important fundraiser for Lund and the community. A big thank you in advance to our loyal riders who join us each spring! With 4 rides of various lengths as well as a 3 mile walk, serious bikers and families with trailers, tag-a-longs and tricycles can all be accommodated. All rides start and end at Rice Memorial High School, 99 Proctor Ave, in South Burlington. The 16, 30 and 55 mile rides follow the lake view through South Burlington, Shelburne and Charlotte to the furthest point in Ferrisburgh. The 4 mile family ride travels the South Burlington bike path with a rest stop and turnaround at the playground in Syzmanski Park. Returning riders are greeted with festivities – bouncy house, face painting, Joey the Clown, music, catering by b.good, Ben and Jerry’s and lots more. Moving the ride back to Mother’s Day provides a great opportunity to celebrate mothers, children and families in our community while raising money for Lund. You can also join us on the day – check the website at www.bike.lundvt.org for more information on the times of the various routes.
So what does the money support and why is it so important to fundraise? Lund provides integrated family-centered treatment, adoption, family support and education services to women, children and families across Vermont. We have the only residential treatment center for substance abuse and mental health disorders in the state where women can live with their children while they get the help they need. So many moms don’t reach out for help because they don’t want to leave their kids and Lund removes this barrier. All of our services wrap around the family and provide them not just with treatment but with parenting skills, job training, high school completion, 5 STAR early education, and connection to other community resources so that they can be the successful after they leave Lund. We are also the oldest and largest non-profit adoption agency in the state and last year found homes for 250 children, the majority of whom are older children who had previously been living in foster care. With the problem of substance abuse coming to the forefront of political and medical focus recently it is important to know that Lund has been on the cutting edge of treatment in Vermont since 2000 and has secured millions of dollars in federal grants to help Vermont families struggling with substance abuse. Yet we couldn’t do any of it with the support of the community members who believe in the work that we are doing.
Please consider joining us on Sunday, May 14th for the 9th Annual Lund Mother’s Day Ride for Children presented by NorthCountry Federal Credit union and support women, children and families in Vermont while you have a great time biking with your family.