Friday, June 8, 2012

Seacoast Ride Helps Orphanage Near Completion in Grand Guave, Haiti.

Bowdoin College participants are among many friends, families and schools from around the state who participate in the "Annual Beach Bike Ride for Charity" at Wells Beach.   The ride has become a huge success as it enters its third year. (courtesy photo)
The 3rd Annual Beach Bike Ride for Charity will held on Saturday, June 16, at 7 a.m. The ten-mile ride will begin and end at Wells Beach Harbor, at the end of Atlantic Avenue. Refreshments will be served at the finish. The cost for registration is only $35 per person. Free parking will be available at the Wells Beach Harbor until 9 a.m.
The event is a bicycle ride, not a race and is for the enjoyment of all bicycle enthusiasts ages 12 and older. Folks can join in the fun by riding, becoming a donor or volunteering to help work during the ride.
“The Beach Bike Ride has become a great event for all who join in,“ said Mike Fairweather, an event volunteer. “We hope that people from Wells and all surrounding communities will join together for this great cause.”
Last year 100 riders and sponsor/donors generated over $11,000 for the “Be Like Brit Fund” in memory of Wells summer resident, Britney Gengel, a Lynn University student who was tragically killed in the Haiti earthquake. Britney’s family, friends and community are building the “Be Like Brit Orphanage” in her honor in Grand Guave, Haiti. Construction is scheduled for completion in December, 2012 thanks to the generosity of so many.
“Britney loved growing up on Wells Beach” said her mom, Cherylann Gengel. “We are very grateful to all who are helping us honor her memory.”
The ten-mile route will be well marked with water stops along the way. It will start and finish at the Wells Harbor and go to the end of Ocean Avenue (Moody/Ogunquit Beach) and then return.
Donations may be made online or by check mailed to “Beach Bike Ride for Charity” PO Box 68, Wells, ME 04090.
The first 100 riders to register online will receive a free T shirt. Complete ride information and promotional materials for downloading may be found at