Ride-a-Bike draws 300 supporters of ADEC
Posted: 05/19/2012 at 4:09 pm
By: Mark Shephard
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$PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Jonny Riblet, 13, of Elkhart, receives a little help from his friend Sarah Freehafer, a freshman at Elkhart Central, as he officially starts ADEC’s 40th annual Ride-a-Bike fundraiser at Concord High School on Saturday morning. $PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$
Truth Photo By Mark Shephard
Jonny Riblet, 13, of Elkhart, (center) poses with
Bicycle riders representing Team Ridge of Northridge High School, head west along C.R. 38 during ADEC's 40th Annual Ride-a-Bike fundraiser Saturday morning. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard)
Bicycle riders, including members of Team Ridge of Northridge High School, head west along C.R. 38 during ADEC's 40th Annual Ride-a-Bike fundraiser Saturday morning. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard)
Contributors to the cause could choose from a 5-mile, 9-mile or 20-mile course, or a 1-mile walking route. It was suggested that individuals donate $30 and families $60, and all funds will go toward support and service for children and adults living with the challenges of disabilities.
More than 100 Elkhart Central students, teachers and parents rode in support of Jonny Riblet, 13, who had the honor of being the official starter and lead rider.
Northridge High School was represented by more than 60 individuals on Team Ridge. Teams also represented Hawthorne Elementary School, First Source Bank and Catholic Services Organization.
Bronsen Bowlin, a junior at Elkhart Central, said he was glad to be riding for a good cause. “This is the first time I’ve gotten my bike out of the shed since spring started,” he said.
The Central contingent came together through the National Honor Society. “We had to go out and collect pledges and donations to make money for ADEC. I raised about $141,” Bowlin said.
“We are amazed at this support, and we’re very proud of our students,” said NHS sponsor and Central English teacher Amy Stine. “Mr. and Mrs. Riblet’s son is the lead rider this year, and a lot of the students who had Mrs. Riblet, or remember her from North Side, all came out to support their family.”
“We did it together when he was little,” said Krista Riblet, a language arts teacher at North Side Middle School, who remembered the first time she and Jonny, who has cerebral palsy, participated in the annual Ride-A-Bike.
“This is really kind of our first time as a family participating,” said Krista, whose husband Jay and older son Will joined in the fundraiser. “This is an amazing event. ADEC has helped our family for more than 10 years, and so for us to be able to encourage some of my students and former students to come and support ADEC is really exciting for us, and something I can continue to do year after year.”