Sixth Annual Pedal Past Poverty Fundraiser Supporting Homelessness on February 24.
For their 6th Anniversary, Partners for Affordable Housing will be presenting their annual Pedal Past Poverty event on Saturday, February 24 at the Mankato YMCA. This stationary bike race has been a key element towards the charity fighting homelessness in the Mankato community.
Over 50 teams of ten individuals each will gather at the YMCA ready to pedal to the limit and help raise funds that will directly aid the work that Partners does in the community. This popular event has Riders from ages 10 – 99 jump on a bike and pedal for a 20 minute heat. While prizes are given out each heat, the event is more about having a great time while supporting an amazing cause.
Music and entertainment is provided by Radio Mankato to help keep the energy level going. All teams are encouraged to wear costumes and decorate the area around their bike. The atmosphere is loud and spirited as people encourage their fellow team members along. Through all the excitement however there are reminders about why people have gathered to bike. Signs that share personal reasons why the biking event is so important to the clients of Partnters. These messages express how over 200 local citizens are impacted each night through the various programs provided by Partners for Affordable Housing.
Facts about the Partners for Affordable Housing
Each night, the Theresa House and Welcome Inn will house up to 11 families and is at capacity most nights. Over 9,000 bed-nights are being served between the Theresa House and Welcome Inn in a twelve month period. 43% of all shelter guests are children under the age 18. “There continues to be a great need for emergency housing in the Mankato area,” says Jen Theneman, Partners for Affordable Housing Executive Director. “We’ve increased the number that we’re able to serve in the last year, however that does not meet the need. It is so important to come together as a community and support those among us who do not have a place to call home.”
How to get Involved:
There is still time and plenty of ways to get involved with this year’s Pedal Past Poverty. While space is getting limited, there are still spots available for new teams to sign up. Each team is asked to raise $1000 for the event, which can be done by soliciting donations or hosting bake sales and restaurant nights. There are also many different volunteer opportunities for the day, including registration, mileage recorders and tear down.
To register, Click Here!