Grandfather of nine explains why he is cycling across the country this summer

Grandfather of nine explains why he is cycling across the country this summer

Paul Hatch, 71, has raised five children and has been rewarded with nine grandchildren. While he does not claim to be “a great physical specimen at all,” he has been rewarded with good health thanks to years of healthy eating and exercise.

This summer, he is taking exercise to a whole new level as he rides from Ocean Beach, Calif., to Ocean City, N.J., with the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure as he strives to raise $10,000 to fight poverty housing.

The Davis Clipper newspaper of Davis County, Utah, sat down with the man who simply considers himself “an average person” to talk about what drives him to tackle this latest challenge. You can read the Clipper’s complete article below:

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Selma Times-Journal catches up with cross-country Bicycle Adventure in Alabama

Selma Times-Journal catches up with cross-country Bicycle Adventure in Alabama

Selma Times-Journal journalist Thomas Scott caught up with our cross-country Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure as it arrived in Selma, Alabama, on Wednesday and did an outstanding job of explaining how the ride works and why its mission is so important.

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in the Selma Times-Journal.

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

 

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.

 

Former Habitat affiliate in Houston, Miss., sees ‘a better fit’ with Fuller Center

Former Habitat affiliate in Houston, Miss., sees ‘a better fit’ with Fuller Center

The Fuller Center for Housing’s newest covenant partner in Houston, Mississippi, is featured in a new article by the Chickasaw Journal in which local president Randy Rinehart explains the decision to part with Habitat for Humanity. “Habitat is a great organization, but they have a lot of rules and regulation that can be expensive to a chapter our size,” he tells tells the paper. “We feel like this will be a better fit.” Rinehart is pastor of Parkway Baptist Church, which learned about the grass-roots Fuller Center through its experience hosting the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure during its annual spring rides down the Natchez Trace Parkway.

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Bike Adventure wrapping up record year, but still needs your support!

Bike Adventure wrapping up record year, but still needs your support!

As hard as it is to believe, the 2016 Fuller Center Bike Adventure year is drawing to an end after the conclusion of the Silver Comet ride this past weekend.

The 128-mile weekend event drew 26 riders from 10 different states, coming from as far away as California and Michigan. Riders were treated to beautiful wilderness views along the Silver Comet Trail and at the Chief Ladiga campground in Alabama. Between the participants, we were able to raise over $1,900 for the affordable housing movement!

As a whole, the 2016 Bike Adventure year was full of new surprises. Our annual Spring Ride featured an additional build day with the Fuller Center for Housing of Middle Tennessee, as well as the traditional build day with the Greenwood/Leflore Fuller Center for Housing in Mississippi. The Summer Ride experienced incredible growth this year- with increasing participation causing us to split the ride into two groups for the first time ever!

The 2016 Bike Adventure fundraising goal was $200,000 dollars. Thanks to riders, friends, and family all over the nation, we have shattered that number and are sitting at $299,388.74, placing us dangerously close to raising a full $100,000 over our original goal!

The last day to donate and have your dollars count towards the 2016 year is this Friday. If you would like to help us make even more Bike Adventure history, follow the link below to donate!

Thank you to every participant, support team member, church host, Covenant Partner, donor, and friend made along the way for helping make the 2016 Bike Adventure year the huge success that it was. Oyee!

CLick here to help the bike adventure reach $300,000

Bicycle Adventure reveals routes for summer of 2017

Bicycle Adventure reveals routes for summer of 2017

The 2016 Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure set a goal of raising $250,000 this year for The Fuller Center’s work of building and repairing homes in partnership with families needing simple, decent places to live.

Donors to riders on the 3,500-mile summer ride from Seattle to D.C. and the 400-mile weeklong spring ride down The Natchez Trace Parkway smashed that goal, contributing a record $296,000 (so far) toward the riders’ efforts. That total was boosted by record participation by cyclists, requiring the summer Adventure to split into two packs starting their summer rides one week apart.

In 2017, there will again be two summer rides, but they won’t be following the same paths. Allow our route leaders Connor Ciment and Henry Downes to tell you more in the video below. Then, please visit FullerCenterBikeAdventure.org for more information.

 

Retired Iowa farmer Bob Hibma, 78, talks about ‘biking for a purpose’

Retired Iowa farmer Bob Hibma, 78, talks about ‘biking for a purpose’

For two weeks this summer, Bob Hibma pedaled his bicycle from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Peoria, Illinois during two weeklong segments of the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure. Bob sat down with the Northwest Iowa Review to talk about how he first got involved with the charity ride and what the experience is like. The article also mentions Northwest Iowa’s Salem Reformed Church and the work they did with The Fuller Center during a service week in Pearl River, Louisiana.

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Congratulations, cyclists! Our 3,500-mile summer Bicycle Adventure is in the books

Congratulations, cyclists! Our 3,500-mile summer Bicycle Adventure is in the books

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure wrapped up its record-setting 2016 Summer Ride in Washington, D.C., today, having raised more than $285,000 — and counting — for The Fuller Center’s work across the United States and around the world.

Funds are still being tallied, but the ride far exceeded its goal of $250,000 early in the 3,500-mile ride from Seattle to D.C. — an achievement accomplished the first few weeks of the ride. The ride also set new records for participation. In fact, the ride had to be divided into an Orange Ride that departed Seattle on June 11 and a Blue Ride that left a week later. The two rides merged on Friday and rode into D.C. together on Saturday.

Fuller Center President David Snell congratulated the riders Saturday on their safe and successful journey.

“The 2016 Summer Bicycle Adventure is now a part of our history — and what a ride it was, rides, actually,” Snell said. “Two groups of intrepid souls crossed the country, raising money and awareness and helping with some Fuller Center projects along the way. There’s no way to adequately thank them for their sacrifices — hopefully the memory of doing something truly remarkable, truly kind will be enough. Congratulations to all — to those who made the entire trip and to those who joined for a day or a week or two. You are true partners and friends to this ministry.”

Stay tuned to FullerCenter.org next week for more details about the ride’s success and future plans.