bike ride 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy Alyn)
A record 700 people got on their bicycles on Sunday morning at the Mitzpe Ramon
amphitheater for a five-day ride to Jerusalem to raise money for the capital’s
The pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation center – the
only one of its kind in Israel – hopes to raise $2.5 million from its Wheels of
Participants came from 10 countries and include
physicians, lawyers, businessmen, sportsmen. The oldest is octogenarian Joseph
Simon of Amsterdam, and the youngest is a 14-year-old girl.
participant has committed to collect at least $2,000 in sponsorships. Some 300
others will, on the fifth day, join the ascent to Jerusalem from Beit Guvrin to
In 2009, the ride raised $2.3m. for Alyn.
four parallel routes, some more difficult and longer than others, ranging from
240 kilometers to 560 kms. Dr. Erez Ezrahi, director of the ride, said it is a
great experience, as participants not only join together to help physically
disabled children, but also get to view varied parts of the country.
youngsters suffer from motor, sensory, respiratory, communications, cognitive
and behavioral problems, and the aim is to rehabilitate them and return them to
the community as soon as possible.
They vary from victims of road
accidents to those born with congenital defects and those suffering from a
number of physical diseases.