Beach-to-Beach Bike Ride

September 14, 2008 at 2:50 am Leave a comment

When Frances Scarantino decided she wanted to raise funds for a good cause, she knew it had to be something creative, unique, appealing and, at the same time, fun for families.
   “I was looking to do something different, innovative,” said Scarantino, a member of the Rotary Club of Southwest Queens. Since April, she and about 30 other club members — including about 15 from the Rotary Club of Rockaway — have been working to make Scarantino’s idea a reality.

   They organized a Beach-to-Beach Bike Ride, to be held on Sept. 27, in which community members and area residents would ride bicycles to raise money to eradicate polio in third-world countries.
   Raising money to fight polio is just one of many causes in which Rotary International is involved, according to Scarantino, who wanted to do something other than typical running and walking events.
   In addition to being different, the bike ride is a fun and healthy activity, Scarantino said. What sparked the idea for the bike ride was that she knew a number of Rotary members who like to ride and one who even holds spin classes.
   It’s a relaxing, stress-free activity, said Scarantino, who has been with the Rotary club for four years. Additionally, it’s a good way to interact with other community members, to network and meet new people, to spread awareness and to donate to a good cause.
   This is the first year the two Rotary clubs are sponsoring the fundraiser, but they hope to make it an annual event, drawing more people to join in organizing and participating, according to Scarantino.
   This year, there will likely be about 100 riders who will ride from 161st Avenue and Crossbay Boulevard in Howard Beach to the boardwalk at Beach 94th Street in the Rockaways.
   After reaching their destination, riders will attend a concert and barbecue beginning at noon at the Irish Circle, located at 102nd Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
   The concert will feature the Solid State Band, which is sponsored by City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. “I’m proud to be able to come together as a community to raise awareness about polio,” he said. “We must be mindful of the ills left in the world, but it’s important to be aware of them in the context of our gifts: when we work together, we can win.”
    Participants who want to ride are asked for a donation fee of $20. This includes the cost of partying at the Irish Circle and a free T-shirt for the first 100 riders. Those who don’t want to ride, but want to donate, are asked for a $10 donation. They can donate online at Scarantino’s business Web site, www.reachforthestarsdaycare.com, or at the Irish Circle on the day of the event.
   All riders must wear helmets and be 15 or older. Participants younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent.
   Participants can register by phone at (718) 845-1429. Businesses that would like to co-sponsor the event are asked to call the above listed number for more information.
   Participants should be at the starting location for check-in between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 27.

by Lee Landor

Queens Chronicle

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