Television journalist rides along with Bicycle Adventure through Mississippi backroads

Television journalist rides along with Bicycle Adventure through Mississippi backroads

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s mission is to raise funds and awareness of The Fuller Center for Housing’s nonprofit housing ministry. One way they help spread the work about the work is by speaking with media during their rides. On Tuesday, though, a television journalist took the coverage a step further.

Journalist Jeremy J. Ford of Meridian, Mississippi’s Fox 30 rode along with the Adventurers for 22 miles of their ride from Newton, Mississippi, to Demopolis, Alabama. You can see his excellent report below:

The Bicycle Adventure is nearing the all-time
fundraising mark of $2 million. Click here to help
them reach this year’s ambitious goal!

 

Latest TV, newspaper reports from the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure

Latest TV, newspaper reports from the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s East Coast ride from Maine to Key West began on Saturday, while the cross-country ride is currently in Louisiana on its way from San Francisco to Savannah (where the two rides will meet for a celebration next month).

KTLA-TV caught up with the riders in Shreveport for this piece.

The Lawton Constitution had this recent report on the group’s visit.

 

Bicycle Adventurers find a welcoming oasis at Pauls Valley, Oklahoma’s Church of Christ

Bicycle Adventurers find a welcoming oasis at Pauls Valley, Oklahoma’s Church of Christ

(Photo: Part of the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s mission is to make new friends for our ministry. We assume this pup is requesting to be put on our newsletter list.)

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure is closing in on an all-time fundraising mark of $2 million since its first ride in 2008. With about a month left in this year’s ride, this year’s crop of rider-fundraisers are within $100,000 of the milestone.

Obviously, the success can’t be achieved without the riders’ efforts and the fundraisers who contribute to their unique way of raising money for The Fuller Center for Housing’s affordable housing ministry. But the Adventure would not be possible without the hundreds of churches who open their arms to our teams of riders every year. It’s an opportunity for these churches to put faith into action, share Christian love and fellowship and learn about our work.

The Pauls Valley Democrat just published a great article about the welcoming “oasis” our team found at the Pauls Valley Church of Christ on Monday. Check it out here!

 

KSWO-TV catches up with Bicycle Adventure during stop in Lawton, Oklahoma

KSWO-TV catches up with Bicycle Adventure during stop in Lawton, Oklahoma

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s cross-country ride is on its way from Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, to Atoka, Oklahoma, today — a fairly lonely 82-mile stretch of its fundraising and awareness ride. But KSWO caught up with the riders over the weekend in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Click here to view KSWO’s complete report.

Vacaville, California newspaper features extensive report on Bicycle Adventure’s arrival

Vacaville, California newspaper features extensive report on Bicycle Adventure’s arrival

“I didn’t realize people across America are pretty amazing,” Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure cyclist Monica Busby told reporter Jessica Rogness of The Reporter News in Vacaville, Calif., of what keeps drawing her back to the annual fundraising and awareness ride. “There’s a lot more kind people, loving people in this country and I fell in love with that.”

Rogness produced an extensive and detailed article for The Reporter News about the cross-country ride that just began Saturday in San Francisco and arrived in Vacaville on Monday. They are on a 3,600-mile ride to Savannah, while another group of riders is going down the West Coast from Seattle to San Diego and later down the East Coast from Portland, Maine, to Key West, Fla.

The Bicycle Adventure is celebrating its 10th year in 2017 and nearing the all-time fundraising milestone of $2 million in funds raised for The Fuller Center for Housing’s ministry.

Complete article in The Reporter news

2017 Bicycle Adventure’s summer journeys begin on West Coast

2017 Bicycle Adventure’s summer journeys begin on West Coast

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a goal of raising $400,000 on this year’s rides — an ambitious amount that would put the ride over the $2 million mark in all-time fundraising for The Fuller Center for Housing’s mission of partnering with families around the world in need of simple, decent places to live.

Because of overwhelming interest in the Adventure, there again will be multiple routes in 2017. Beginning today, a 3,600-mile ride from San Francisco, California, to Savannah, Georgia, begins with a 38-mile ride to Novato, California. The riders will average about 75 miles per day until the ride’s August 5 conclusion.

Meanwhile, in Seattle, riders are gearing up for a 1,600-mile, four-week ride down the West Coast to San Diego. Today the riders are having a work day with Seattle’s Attain Housing. On Sunday, they will have a 20-mile warm-up ride and will begin their journey down the West Coast in earnest Monday with a 40-mile ride to Tacoma.

A four-week East Coast ride from Portland, Maine, to Key West, Florida, will begin July 15 and will rendezvous with the end of the cross-country ride for a 10th anniversary celebration on August 5 in Savannah.

The Fuller Center for Housing would appreciate your prayers of support for these dedicated cyclists’ safety and success in 2017.

 

Bike Adventure leader: Global Builders trip to Haiti further enhances perspective

Bike Adventure leader: Global Builders trip to Haiti further enhances perspective

Connor Ciment, Fuller Center Bike Adventure trip leader, has had a roller-coaster of a last two years. In fact, little in his life has remained the same, other than a love for his bicycle.

After graduating college in May of 2015, Ciment joined the Fuller Center Bike Adventure. “I loved riding my bike, and I was looking for a way to do it across the country,” he said. “I took a leap of faith, and jumped on the ride right out of college.”

Once on the ride, Ciment learned the trip leader position would be open. Already having fallen in love with the mission, Ciment “got really attached to what The Fuller Center does, especially how it does it.” Shortly thereafter, he committed to a year of service with the Fuller Center.

As a graduate of The University of Alabama with a degree in mechanical engineering, the physical act of building houses was attractive to Ciment. Reflecting on past builds he has worked on in America, he fondly remembers “where the whole group worked together as one body on one single project, especially alongside the homeowners.”

It didn’t take long, however, for Ciment to develop an interest in participating in a Global Builders trip internationally. Appropriately enough, it was a fellow cyclist that initiated his dream becoming a reality.

“Mike Oliphant, who rode the Natchez Trace with me in 2016, reached out to ask if I wanted to co-lead a Global Builders trip with him. I jumped at the chance.” After working out the details, the duo traveled to Pigñon, Haiti, last month

With the trip in the rear-view mirror, Ciment is even more deeply invested in The Fuller Center than he was before.

Ciment is quick to address the profound effect of cultural barriers on the experience: “Building in the US, it’s like having home-field advantage; you speak the language, you understand the culture. In Haiti, I didn’t speak the language, and I wasn’t necessarily aware of the full context of culture around me.”

Through the week, however, Ciment was impressed by the connections he and the team were able to form despite the barriers between them. “Through working side-by-side with somebody, you start to get to know them regardless of language and regardless of that cultural barrier. By the third day, there’s a certain silent ballet going on, you know each other well enough to work seamlessly without ever having spoken a sentence.”

Ciment reflects on the moment he began to integrate into the community around him. “Suez, a Haitian mason, was laying blocks, and he called for me to pick up a block for him. Instead of placing it for me, he let me place it in the mortar myself. It was kind of an extra step towards inviting me into a bigger portion of the building process, which was a really cool level of comfort that we reached together. Again, we still hadn’t spoken.”

“Through working side-by-side with somebody, you start to get to know them regardless of language and regardless of that cultural barrier.” — Connor Ciment

When asked if his week in Haiti affected how he saw the Fuller Center as a whole, Ciment didn’t hesitate. “Absolutely. You witness the dramatic impact you can have on a family’s life. It really brings me a lot of gratitude that I can be a part of such an organization.

“It also brings new meaning to the Bike Adventure, which is raising a lot of money. With this experience I can see infinitely more tangibly how impactful the fundraising is for folks in need, all over the world.”

Ciment left Haiti deeply impressed by the strong local Fuller Center leadership. “Gerald is doing an amazing job, and I am extremely proud to be working alongside him as his efforts go far beyond housing, most directly including education. The school that he is the principal for is churning out young leaders who will be the generation that continues to lift up Pigñon and lift up Haiti and bring it to be the healthy and prosperous country that it can be.”

Click here for more information on global builders

 

University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences report features Bicycle Adventure leaders

University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences report features Bicycle Adventure leaders

The University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences has published an article about how and why Alabama grads Henry Downes and Connor Ciment decided to put their skills into action to help others by volunteering to lead The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure — the single biggest fundraiser for The Fuller Center for Housing’s work around the world. You can read the complete article at the link below.

Alumnus bike for better housing