Bicycle riders 311 (R).
(photo credit: Baz Ratner/Reuters)
Almost NIS 5 million have already been collected from sponsors of Alyn
Hospital’s Wheels of Love biking trip, which will be held between November 11
and 15. The 13th annual event will begin in Arad, and finish in Jerusalem at the
rehabilitation hospital for physically disabled youngsters, where the bikers
will be warmly greeted by the children.
Alyn hopes to raise a total of
NIS 7m. to benefit the hospital and its activities, and fill the gap between its
income and the high, growing costs of individual care. Every year, the gap in
the department for respiratory rehabilitation is $50,000 per child, while the
per-child figure in the regular rehabilitation department is $30,000.
only pediatric rehabilitation hospital of its kind in Israel, Alyn has a
sterling reputation in treating disabilities in motor, sensory, respiratory,
communication, cognitive and behavioral issues. Alyn’s goal is to return the
children to their families and the community as soon as possible. The children
are victims of congenital disease, road and home accidents and terror
This year, there will be five bicycle routes – a very
challenging one, a regular road, a “tourist route,” a “regular rough” route and
one on unpaved areas with tents set up specially for participants to sleep
Some 700 riders from more than 10 countries are expected to take part
in the event.
Among the countries are Brazil, Mexico, Australia, South
Africa, Holland, England, France, the US and Canada.
Many companies have
sent delegations to ride on their behalf for the last day of the event, or all
five days. For more information, see the website at www.alynride.org.