Upcoming: Family Centre’s ‘Cycle For Change’

November 8, 2012

Family Centre must raise another $200,000 this year in order to maintain the momentum that they have built to meet the urgent needs of children and families. They are inviting everyone to join in the action through their ‘Cycle for Change’ event and help them reach their target. Bring your family and friends to join Family Centre for a leisurely cycle ride along the beautiful Bermuda Railway Trail on Saturday, November 17th.

“We try to hold events that bring families together for quality time,” says Family Centre Executive Director, Martha Dismont. “We have dubbed this one ‘Cycle for Change’ because that is our cause. We are breaking destructive cycles and building families and cultures that support healthy and happy childhoods for all.”

This family cycling event will leave the Bermuda Botanical Gardens at 10am and follow the trail along South Shore Road to Trimingham Hill and then to Somerset Bridge where participants may choose to finish or join the heartier souls who will be turning around to ride the same route back.

Minister Glenn Blakeney, the Minister responsible for Youth, Families and Sports, said, “This kind of event is an example of exactly what our Ministry is all about – engaging in a healthy, recreational pastime whilst bringing together youth and families. I am pleased to endorse ‘Cycle for Change’ and congratulate Family Centre and, in particular, Mrs. Martha Dismont, for helping to build strong families in our community. I wish the organizers every success in their fundraising efforts.” Family Centre has partnered with the Bermuda End to End to host this event.

Anne Mello, Chairperson of the Bermuda End to End commented, “Bermuda End-to-End chose to become the lead sponsor of the ‘Cycle for Change’ to further commemorate the 25th anniversary of our event. This event allows us to continue our focus on the health and wellbeing of our community as well as bringing attention to the Bermuda Railway Trail. We are champions of Family Centre because of the profound positive impact that their work has on our Island. Given that, it made good sense for us to provide support to this event and to help Family Centre in their efforts to bring families together.”

Cycle for Change is a unique family oriented cycling event aimed to encourage quality family time with the balance of healthy living. This event is promoting the importance of family wellness through exercise and encouraging families to spend time together, while highlighting the tranquil beauty of Bermuda’s Railway Trail.

Cyclists will enjoy riding from Botanical Gardens along the newly restored Railway Trail and conclude the ride at Somerset Bridge. A registration fee of $20 per person supports the charity and includes a backpack and t-shirt. Pledge sheets are also available and every cyclist that raises $100 or more in pledges will have their name entered into a draw for great prizes.

Minister of Health, Zane DeSilva said, “Having Family Centre and the Bermuda End to End come together to host the ‘Cycle for Change’ event is fantastic. Both organisations provide valuable services to Bermuda, and this event is an opportunity to raise funds for Family Centre, bring families together and enjoy exercise in the great outdoors. I encourage everyone in the community to join in, be active, participate and have fun.”

“We are very grateful to the Bermuda End to End for their lead sponsorship and long term partnership,” added Mrs. Dismont. “We also wish to thank RBK Advertising & Design, Pure Water, John Barritt and Son, The Bermuda Department of Parks and P-Tech for their very important assistance in making this event possible.”

Registration forms and pledge sheets are available at cycle shops across the island, Buzz restaurants, P-Tech and from Family Centre at 25 Point Finger Road in Paget. Forms can also be requested electronically by emailing: cycleforchange@tfc.prevention.bm.

A rain date has been chosen on Saturday, December 1 st in the event of inclement weather. Everyone in Bermuda is invited and asked to join in the fun and help to raise money to “give kids a chance” through Family Centre’s many supportive services.

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  1. Family Man says:

    Family Centre funding slashed by plp government as the demand for their services more than doubles. Thank you plp.

    PLP – Standing Strong on the backs of Bermudians since 1998.

  2. ButICanDream says:

    Glenn Blakeney has a lot of NERVE to be piggybacking on this event, yet they can’t even “endorse” (his word), in the fiscal fashion, Family Centre. Zane can talk a walk too. These people! The nerve! SMH.Don’t listen to the PLP and their flapping jaws!
    “I wish the organizers every success in their fundraising efforts.”