Friday, August 6, 2010

Beach Bike Ride for Charity Donates $8,000 to the Be Like Brit Fund

Over sixty cyclists partnered with local sponsors, donors and volunteers to raise over $8,000 for the “Be like Brit Fund” in honor of Britney Gengel, a summer resident of Wells and a victim of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake tragedy in Haiti.
The check for $8000 was presented to Cherylann and Len Gengel, Britney’s parents, on behalf of the Be Like Brit Fund. “The generous contributions of many will greatly help our efforts to honor our daughter’s wish to help the poorest of the poor in Haiti “ stated Len Gengel.
Riders and volunteers began their ride at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, to complete their 10 mile journey along the Wells and Moody seacoast.
Vacationers and local folks alike joined together to cheer riders along and support this worthwhile cause. Wells police and town parking employees provided the necessary support to make the ride a success.
In recognition of the costs related to building an orphanage in Haiti, it was announced that next year’s Beach Bike ride would continue to be in support of the Be Like Brit Fund, said Mike Fairweather, volunteer for the Beach Bike ride. “It was our hope to bring the Wells community together for a great cause. The result was beyond our expectations, thank you to all who participated,“ he said.
Riders may register for next year’s 2011 Beach Bike ride by contacting There you can also see videos and pictures of this year’s ride.
The Be Like Brit Fund is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and may be reached at The Beach Bike Ride is managed by volunteer residents of Wells, Maine. For more information contact Donations may be made on line or by check and sent to “Beach Bike Ride for Charity,” PO Box 68, Wells, ME 04090.
Photo caption: (L to R) Sally Fairweather, Mike Fairweather (volunteers), Len Gengel, Cherylann Gengel, ( parents of Britney Gengel, Haiti earthquake victim) (Courtesy photo)