FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ed Shakespierre
Third Annual Save Haiti Bike Ride
Honor. Remember. Unite
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (Jan 7th 2013) – The Haitian community and friends of Haiti come together for Haiti. Local officials, nonprofit organizations, student organizations, and volunteers throughout South Florida are teaming up once again to garner support towards reconstruction efforts in Haiti and to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the earthquake tragedy.
On January 12, 2013 Salusa Basquin, an educator, will be joined by former State Representative Mack Bernard, Commissioner McVoy of Lake Worth, North Miami’s Mayor Andre Pierre, community leaders and many others for the third annual Save Haiti Bike Ride. The Save Haiti Bike Ride is a community ride to commemorate the strength of our community, raise awareness of the dire situation in Haiti and to galvanize support for reconstruction efforts in the country following the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010.
Last year The Save Haiti Bike Ride drew hundreds of cyclists, community leaders, students, youth and volunteers. The voices of our youth and community leaders reached Washington DC and caught the attention of Congressman Alcee L. Hastings who wrote “ I am writing to commend everyone at Color of Hope for the great generosity of time, energy and most important, spirit you have exhibited in organizing the bike ride in support of reconstruction efforts in Haiti. I am very proud of all of you”
This year, the Save Haiti Bike Ride will begin in North Miami City Hall at 8:00AM. Our rest stops/registration schedule is as follows:
• Registration in Lake Worth at City Hall 6 to 6:45AM – Leave Lake Worth City Hall for Miami at 7:00
• Registration at North Miami City Hall at 7:30 to 8:00AM – Ride starts at 8:15AM
• Registration at Jaco Pastorious Park ( 4000 N. Dixie Highway – Oakland Park ) in Broward starts at 11:30AM – Leaving Jaco Pastorious Park at 12:30PM
• Registration at Sanborn Square in Boca (72 N. Federal Highway – Palmetto Rd) starts at 1:45 PM – Leaving Sanborn Park at 2:15PM
• Arriving at Lake Worth City Hall Annex Cultural Plaza (414 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, FL, 33460) at 3:50PM
Different activities are scheduled during each stop including a proclamation presentation by Mayor Triolo at the Cultural Plaza in Lake Worth. Our team and bikers will head back down to Boca Raton for a Memorial Service at the Advent Lutheran Church located at 300 E. Yamato Rd Boca Raton, FL 33437. The Memorial Service, which is sponsored by Voice of Haitian Americans in the Diaspora, will begin at 6:45PM.
We are inviting everyone, bicycling or non-bicycling, sons, daughters and friends of Haiti to join us to raise awareness about the situation in Haiti and help children and families restore their lives after the devastating earthquake and the latest destructions caused by hurricane Sandy. Funds raised from the event will benefit Haiti’s most vulnerable children and provide educational programs in our community center to support the country’s educational system.
Color of Hope (“COH”) is a US-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing care and educational support to the children and families in Haiti. For more information about our efforts in Haiti please visit our website www.colorofhope.org
The Hope Team
One Community, One Vision.